Born in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, Marcy Baker earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in 1982. The following year she and her husband headed west, exploring the Sierra Nevada region of northern California before settling in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1991. There, Baker discovered monotype printmaking, the ideal method to express her affinity for pattern and color. Inspired by the sparse high desert landscape, her work progressed to include uncluttered mixed media assemblages. In 2001, Baker moved to the Pacific Northwest, fostering a dramatic shift in both scenery and her creative focus.
Her layered process, cultivated by the lush and abundant surroundings of Oregon, embraces techniques drawn from painting and collage, as well as printmaking. A regionally recognized instructor, she also teaches creative arts classes throughout the Northwest. Baker’s monotypes, assemblages, collages and paintings have been featured in numerous solo, invitational and juried exhibitions nationally. Her work resides in private and public collections throughout the U.S., including Hallmark Art Collection and Kansas Wesleyan University.
Collage requires an intuitive process of pulling apart, layering, composing and piecing back together. My work explores this organic tension through play with pattern, line and color, uncovering unexpected relationships and the balance between seemingly disparate elements.
My process draws from the versatility of monotype printmaking and the structure of painting, each informing and influencing the other. The conversation between the two feeds my technique, including resist and transfer applications of paint and ink with stencils, printing blocks and relief plates. In addition, I create collage papers through hand printing and acrylic glazing techniques, as well as utilizing repurposed papers such as sewing patterns, sheet music and maps, with their intricate patterns and delicate markings.
I fill my studio walls with seed pods, petals and leaves gathered during neighborhood walks, inspired by the boundless textures and patterns I discover. In this space, my work captures the intersection between the craft of art making and the craftsmanship of our natural environments, a quiet place for those elements to rest.
ABOUT MONOTYPE PRINTMAKING
A monotype is a single print created by applying layers of oil-based ink on a smooth printing plate and then transferring the image to paper with a press. After the print is pulled, a ghost image remains on the plate that can be incorporated into the composition of the following piece. This creates lovely contrasts as the plate is reworked with some areas left untouched, revealing fragments of history from the previous image.