Audio Guide – “Native Prospects: Indigeneity and Landscape”

Teresa Baker (Mandan/Hidatsa)


Teresa Baker (Mandan/Hidatsa), Forest, 2019, willow, yarn, spray paint, and buffalo sinew on AstroTurf, 69 × 52 in. Courtesy the artist and Forge Project, traditional lands of the Moh-He-Con-Nuck, Taghkanic, NY

Artist Biography:

TERESA BAKER (Mandan/Hidatsa) (b. 1985) is an artist who was born in Watford City, ND, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Baker has had recent solo exhibitions at de boer, Los Angeles, CA; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ; Halsey McKay, East Hampton, NY; Pied-a?-terre, San Francisco; and Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA. Group exhibitions with Baker’s work have taken place at Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; di Rosa, Napa, CA; Marin MoCA, Novato, CA; and Anthony Meier, Mill Valley, CA. In 2023 Baker’s work was included in Made in L.A. 2023: Acts of Living at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Baker is a 2022 Joan Mitchell Fellow, a 2022 Artist-in-Residence at FOGO Island Arts in Newfoundland, and the recipient of the 2020 Native American Fellowship for Visual Artists at the Ucross Foundation. Baker was an Artist-in-Residence at MacDowell and a Tournesol Award Artist-in-Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. She is interested in bringing landscape, specifically that of the Northern Plains, into an object through abstraction. Combining artificial materials together with traditional materials that her tribes—the Mandan and Hidatsa—used for utilitarian, storytelling, ceremonial and decorative means. She reimagines how these plant and animal materials function in the context of a new object-one that seeks to explore the importance of place, land, and how we interact with it.

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