In her explorations of representation and social status, Sarah Baker often disseminates her artwork unconventionally to heighten the tension between fabrication and authenticity. Using branding and tactical marketing tropes to position her work at the centre of a fabricated spectacle, the result of her interventions is that her work sits uneasily within the fashion, TV, advertising, film, and art worlds.
Sarah Baker lives and works in London. She is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute and received an MA in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College, London. She is a recipient of grants and awards from Arts Council England Grants for the Arts (2004, 2006, 2012), US National Endowment for the Arts (2012), The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (2012), and Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel commissions administrated by Artsadmin (2012). Baker has exhibited, performed, and screened Internationally at venues including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (Year of the Ox, 2009), University of Hertfordshire Galleries, Hatfield UK (solo show, Impirioso, 2013), Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY (solo show: Our Time, 2012), the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia (One of Us Cannot Be Wrong, 2008), the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Belgium (solo show, Picture this: A Portrait of Bill May, 2005 and When The Mood Strikes: Collection of Wilfried and Yannicke Cooreman, 2009), and 1,000,000 mph gallery, London (solo show, A Portrait of Bill May, 2004), among other venues. Baker's 2008 Bearspace Gallery solo show, Studs, was hailed by The Times of London as one of the top five recommended exhibitions among Lucian Freud, Andy Warhol, and Francis Bacon.