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 Sears-Peyton Gallery and Mulherin Gallery and 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.
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 pushes controversial political issues.
Warm Gun 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 a collection of stuffed, swollen versions of the American flag using a variety of flamboyant fabrics. 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.
Alt Caps explores the culture of online commenting through reactions I have received from my Warm Gun series. Again, using sewing and quilting techniques, I grant the comments a new context from their original origins and intentions.
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.