Carrie Ann Baade is an internationally exhibiting artist whose surreal oil paintings are rich with allegorical meta-narratives inspired by literature and art history. She is also currently an Professor of Painting and Drawing at Florida State University.
Her imaginative portraits and narratives are informed by religion and mythology. Gods, rulers, demons, and monsters play out the complexity of the human condition in her works that incorporate forgotten paintings to quote and interpret. She has traveled around the globe in search of inspiration; her works manifest history painting into an entirely original vision, rich with the confluence of cultures and time periods.
The following is an excerpt from the Artist’s Statement.
“With scissors in hand, I compose from snippets from several hundred pictorial fragments scattered on the floor. What is created is a prototype collage of layered scraps with cut edges. Some are photographs of myself while others are cut up illustrations from art history. With a flare of Dr. Frankenstein, the painting that results from this golem is at once illusionistic and surreal. These paintings are as fractured as their sources. By picking through the bone yard of myths, literature, and history; I assemble autobiographical allegories that reflect the sorrow and absurdity of the human condition. The subjects of my work are heroines and demons…my favorites are both valorous and perverse.”
Baade was nominated for a United States Artist Fellowship for 2007 which is one of the most prestigious awards offered. She was also part of the first-ever American exhibit at China’s Ningbo Museum of Art along with two other artists from Florida State University. Billed as representative of art in America, the FSU trio and their solo exhibits in various mediums — black-and-white photography, a room-size ceramics installation, and Baade’s “Virtues and Vices” surrealist oil paintings occupied three adjacent galleries at the Ningbo Museum of Art for 10 groundbreaking days.
Her work was featured in Metamorphosis 1, a book featuring 50 contemporary Surrealists. Her artwork has been featured on the covers of, Not Quite One of the Boys, The Book of Masks and Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight.
Her newest book, The Art of Carrie Ann Baade is now available.
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