100 x 150 cm | 39 x 59 in
Original painting in oil on canvas.
"Memories have a way of overlapping in unexpected and seductive ways, in this painting I'm exploring my own memories of travelling through various real places, - the east coast of Canada, the lakes of Sweden and the Hebridean Isles. All have echoes of each other in the geology, the plant life and the northern hemisphere light, I'm always looking for the point at which these experiences collide and I try to explore the emotional state that links places psychologically as well as the geographical similarities. I like to use figures as a way into some works, here the family group seem totally at ease and oblivious to the strangeness of the place, guiding us as a viewer in and offering an invitation to follow them."
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There is a palpable tension and edginess in Sophie Baker’s landscapes. Her deserted frontiers, abandoned quarries and overgrown woodlands bear witness to man’s intrusive activity and impact on the landscape. Her compositions suggest a recent exchange or happening, perhaps uncanny – and an atmosphere of hurried departure, of business unfinished.
The reference to human activity permeates the narrative of her compositions as evidenced in the object abandoned or longed for. There is an element of the ritual of human activity that is undefined, at times sinister and yet somehow portentous, and when figures do appear, they seem lost in thought, unguarded and altogether inextricable from their environment.
This sense of drama, speaks of man’s ongoing attempt to interact with the land, make sense of it and define it, while being always entranced and consumed by it’s romance.