Sarah Luella Baker
I'm not so interested in how people move, but what moves them.
A Salable Hark Lure
SARAH LUELLA BAKER
I am a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. In my current body of visual work, somanauts: body cartography, I explore inner and outer topography, lineage, deep feminism, and the intersections of personal and archetypal reckoning. These images are a continuation of a lifetime of exploration of the body— in research, rehearsal, performance, rest, grief, labor, joy, and relationship.
I am here as an artist to excavate, process, and emote both my own soul’s journey here on earth, as well as those ancestral spirits that are journeying with me who have things left unexpressed. My work comes from a fierce desire to understand human nature, and my place in humanity’s struggles.
I am inspired by natural elements such as water, landscape, rock, scent, flowers, animal and human bodies, trees, and soil. I often draw connections between the landscape of the earth’s body, and our human form. I am drawn to look closely, and then zoom out to see a broader picture. I am looking for connections. They are everywhere. Orientation, journeying, exposure of self, are key concepts in my work.
I am buoyed as a visual artist by a lifetime of study with the body through movement and sound. My process oftentimes involves improvising with movement or sound/music, before having visions of what I am meant to create. Other-times I will connect through ritual with ancestral or guiding spirits who will offer me inspiration or messages. I choose ink, salt, and paper to work with because I feel the elements of water, mineral, and wood inside of these materials. I will usually perform some touch or tactile communications with the materials before I begin to create, in order to allow those elements to express themselves through me.
I want you to connect with your body and the body of the earth when you see my work. And I want that to change you. I want you to shed something of your mask. And I want that to change us. I want you to experience emotions at a deeper level. And I want that to change the landscape we are in together.
I hold an MFA from UC Davis and have been creating art for the past twenty-five years. I have developed and produced choreographic works of art in Portland, Oregon, the Bay Area, the Salt Lake Valley, and at festivals and workshops in NYC and Vancouver BC. In 2019 I was selected to a six-month choreographic residency at New Expressive Works in Portland.
I am also mother to two brilliant children, and formerly the decade-long founder and owner of a local school for young children. I consider the work of conceiving, birthing, and mothering to be in direct relationship to the work of creating art- viewing both as embodied and creative practices of presence and direct relationship. I am the founder and owner of Radicle Heart, a healing arts practice synthesizing astrology, somatics, and art. I have two extra-large dogs and live in SE Portland with my family.