Lou Baker's practice spans sculpture, performance and social engagement. Some aspects investigate the transformation of materials, some focus on making connections between communities and everything is knitted together with performative elements. Making ideas visible by synthesising material, process and concept, she makes public things that are normally private and provokes a range of conflicting responses - attraction, repulsion, horror and hilarity.
She graduated with First Class Honours in Drawing and Applied Arts at UWE, Bristol in 2015 and has just completed a Master's in Fine Art at Bath Spa University. For details of her ongoing research please visit her MA Fine Art research website.
She was awarded the Embroiderers’ Guild Scholarship in 2015 and Bath Spa University’s Harbutt Fund, in collaboration with The Art Cohort, for Social Knitwork in 2021.
I knit therefore I am, 2012, hand knitted monofilament, performance still
She has exhibited widely and has been involved in a number of residencies and socially engaged projects in Bristol, Bath, London and further afield. Have a look at her CV and exhibitions pages.
Plastic surgery, wearing the unwearable, 2012, plastic shopping bags, stitch.
Performance still in Cabot Circus shopping centre, Bristol.
Photo by Jonny Baker
She is interested in art as therapy, for herself but also for others. She volunteered for a couple of years at Southmead hospital with Fresh Arts, facilitating Make your mark art sessions for elderly patients with dementia. She’s been involved with some research into Arts on Referral, delivering sessions for other patient groups for wellbeing. She has also helped to organise a series of exhibitions with Synecdoche in the main hospital atrium. She lives live in Bristol, UK.
Lou inside Safety net, her interactive installation
at Refuge: in search of safety
part of Fringe Arts Bath, June 2017