Josephine Baker

Floodlight (500W security)

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Year 2020
Medium Dover chalk on grey paper
Dimensions 21 x 29.7 cm

About the work

Made with chalk sourced by the artist from the White Cliffs of Dover directly above the ferry border crossing to and from mainland Europe, this drawing represents the flattened interior of a security floodlight. Scratches into the chalk, erased sections and fingerprints mimic its reflective surfaces.

About the artist:

Born London 1990, Josephine Baker lives and works in London. Graduated from Central Saint Martins, London (2012); and Royal Academy Schools, London (2017).

Using materials synonymous with urban topographies alongside diagrammatic chalk drawings, Baker creates assemblages and environments which clutch at the incoherence of the world they are inextricably a part of. The origins of physical matter, which has been industrially processed and altered almost beyond recognition, are reimagined as metaphors that challenge the ‘capitalocentric’ vision of the world today. In Baker’s sculptures, depictions of landscape and natural phenomena confront their own co-option into narratives of sovereignty and nationhood. Her work attempts to tell different stories of labour and survival, of events unearthed from the fractured terrains which surround us.

Selected exhibitions include Wallwerk, Nir Altman, Munich (2021); The Land Lies, ChertLüdde BUNGALOW, Berlin (2020); well, well, well…, Sundy, London (2020); Wreck or Ruin, V.O Curations, London (2020); Islands, Kupfer, London (2019); Correction, Tintype, London (2019); Sheltering Sky, GAO Gallery, London (2019); sottile spessore, progettoarte-elm, Milan (2019); Flood-tide, Love Unlimited, Glasgow (2018); Trout Steel, The Horse Hospital, London (2018); Serpent and Shadow, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2018).

Atkin was a 12-month resident award holder for the Sainsbury Scholarship in Painting and Sculpture, British School at Rome (2017–18); and was shortlisted for the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award (2019).

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