Channeling Anxiety

Natalie uses sewing and quilting techniques to create soft sculptures that playfully push controversial political issues. Her WARM GUN collection examines the United States’ issues of gun violence and masculinity through a collection of colorfully quilted, droopy, caricatures of assault weapons, bringing ‘macho’ objects into a traditionally feminine sphere and questioning their potency. BLOATED FLAGS is an exploration on the flag as a symbol with a variety of representations and swaying definitions of pride and shame. ALT CAPS explores the culture of online commenting through reactions received from her WARM GUN series. In her talk, Natalie talks through harnessing anxiety to create accessible art, unpacking political issues that have become points of division in today’s political and social landscape.

About the speaker

Natalie Baxter (b. 1985, Lexington, Kentucky) received her MFA from the University of Kentucky in 2012 and her BA in Fine Art from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN in 2007. Her work has been exhibited recently at Mulherin Gallery and Sears-Peyton Gallery in New York, Purdue University, Yale University, Spring/Break art fair, Aa Collections in Vienna, Schaufenster Gallery in Berlin and has been featured in The New York Times, Vice, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, and The Guardian. Baxter has been an artist in residence at The Wassaic Project, a fellowship recipient at the Vermont Studio Center and a Queens Arts Fund grant recipient. She currently lives and works in New York City.

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Creative person or not, if you've been tuned into the news at all the past few years — no matter what your political stance may be you've felt this national, maybe global feeling of anxiety. — Natalie Baxter

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