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Artist ID: 2367

As the steward and axman, I return to the haunting moments in art history in order to reclaim them, not merely as a quotation. This results in painted parables that can be considered surrealism, paintings made of paintings that I fracture and reinterpret with my own experience as a woman.
Working in egg tempera and oil, I typically depict the world realistically and then subvert and distort it in order to construct a strong sense of narrative and meaning. Each composition becomes a dense meta-narrative, informed by religious, mythological, and cultural iconography. I use the opportunity of being a woman to portray muses, divine forces, and the monstrous with a female protagonist.

Contemplating the ageless issues of morality, politics, and the individual quest for self-expression, my art has been an attempt to reconcile the irreconcilable, resulting in an exploitation of fragmentation found in collage. By using this fragmentary “bone yard” of painting with reverence, I am a scavenger salvaging lost aesthetics composing with a women’s voice within art's past.

Carrie Ann Baade (born 1974 in Louisiana) is a contemporary painter whose work quotes from, interacts with, and deeply relates to art history. She paints in dialogue with relevant masterpieces, in order to reclaim them in a surreal narrative that is simultaneously biographical. Baade received her MFA from University of Delaware and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and she studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. Her work is exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including: the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Mesa Contemporary Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, the Delaware Contemporary, Billy Shire Fine Arts and La Luz de Jesus in Los Angeles, the Harwood Museum in Taos, the Instituto de America de Santa Fe in Granada, Spain; and the Ningbo Art Museum in China. Her awards include a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Award and Delaware Division of the Arts Award for Established Artist in Painting. Raised on the front range in Colorado, she lives and works in Northern Florida, where she is a Professor of Painting and Drawing at Florida State University.

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