Natalie Baxter (b. 1985, 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 (New York), Spring/Break Art Fair (New York), Alison Milne Gallery (Toronto, ON), Institute 193 (Lexington, KY), In Ersten (Vienna, Austria), and The Cornell Art Museum (DelRay Beach, FL). Baxter’s work has been featured in Vice’s The Creator’s Project, Hyperallergic, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, W Magazine and the London Observer. Baxter has been an artist in residence at The Wassaic Project and a fellowship recipient at the Vermont Studio Center. She currently works in Brooklyn, NY.
Using sewing and quilting techniques learned from my grandmother, my work explores concepts of place identity, nostalgia, and gender stereotypes. I create soft sculpture that playfully push controversial political issues.
A recent body of work, Warm Gun, looks at the United States’ complicated relationship with guns. The work examines issues of gun violence and masculinity through a collection of colorfully quilted, droopy, cartoon-like depictions of assault weapons.
Bloated Flags is a collection of stuffed, swollen versions of the American flag using a variety of flamboyant fabrics to create works that resemble pool toys. With these sculptural pieces, I am interested in the flag as a symbol with a variety of representations and swaying definitions of pride and shame.
I strive to create approachable work with an accessible entry point to unpack political issues that have become points of division in today’s political and social landscape.
APPALSHOP GALLERY, Whitesburg, KY (SOLO)
GOODYEAR ARTS, Apple Pie: An American Art Show, Charlotte, NC
SPRING/BREAK, American/Woman (curated my Katharine Mulherin), New York, NY
MULHERIN NEW YORK, Old Glory, New York, NY
BOLIVAR ART GALLERY, University of KY, Unloaded, Lexington, KY
CORNELL ART MUSEUM, Old School Square, Fabricated, Delray Beach, FL
SOJOURN, Responding to Violence and the Gun, Lousiville, KY
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART AT MECA, Unloaded, Portland, ME
PARIS ON PONCE in partnership with DASHBOARD, Unloaded, Atlanta, GA
MINNEAPOLIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, Unloaded, Minneapolis, MN
HARRIS ART GALLERY, University of La Verne, Unloaded, La Verne, CA
TROUT GALLERY, Dickinson College, Unloaded, Carlisle, PA
ALLISON MILNE GALLERY, Pretty / Peculiar, Toronto, ON
REDLINE GALLERY, Accessory (A Gun Fad), Denver, CO
A+E STUDIOS, This is NOT a Safe Space, New York, NY
IN ERSTEN, We Gave Our Best… Now the Rest is Up to the Hope Chest, Vienna, Austria
WASSAIC PROJECT, Appetite for Destruction, Wassaic, NY
INSTITUTE 193, OK-47, Lexington, KY (SOLO)
QUOTIDIAN, Breadbox Gallery, Lexington, KY
PENELOPE GALLERY, We Gave Our Best…Now the Rest is Up to the Hope Chest, Queens, NY
WILD GOOSE FARM, Gun Show, Kent, CT (SOLO)
TREEHOUSE GALLERY, Sunset Overdrive, New York, NY
HOT DOCS, Deal Maker pitch session, Toronto, ON
LEXINGTON VISUAL COLLECTIVE, home/place, Lexington, KY (SOLO)
BRIGGS THEATRE screening of home/place, Lexington, KY (SOLO)
REEL VISIONS TV SERIES KY, Educational Television broadcast
RADIATOR GALLERY, New York, NY
TNC GALLERY, New York, NY
MEDUSA GALLERY, Lomcevak, Lexington, KY
SIDEWALK MOVING PICTURES FESTIVAL, Birmingham, AL
GLORIA SINGLETARY GALLERY, Showing Off, Lexington, KY
CARNEGIE GALLERY, Sewanee, TN
ED CARLOS GALLERY, Rhythm of the Handfall, Sewanee, TN