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Mara Baker, A color has many faces, 2020. Naturally dyed fiber and acrylic on linen; 20 × 20 in.
Sabina Ott, Rock Collection (Detail, 2 rocks), 2014–15. Rocks (fake and real); 6 × 15 × 8 in.

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These are a select group of rocks (fake and real) that were given to me by other artists or collected by me from places that hold meaning. Sabina Ott (Gold mountain). Rock from South Africa (Nina Barnett). Rock hugging Gold Mountain (collected on an island in the U. P. of Michigan).


Mara Baker is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist and educator. Combining traditional fiber processes, animation, light and video, Baker’s work draws inspiration from the phenomena of optical illusion and the changing of our eyes perception of light, color and space. Baker received an MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally including Chicago, New York, Santa Fe, Minneapolis, Budapest and Toronto. Some notable exhibitions venues include Currents New Media Festival (Santa Fe NM), The Soap Factory (Minneapolis MN), The Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL), Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (Grand Rapids, MI) The Luminary Arts Center (Saint Louis MO) and Cranbrook Art Museum, (Bloomfield Hills MI). She has been the recipient of artist’s grants and residencies from Hambidge Art Center, Haystack Mountain School of Arts, The Vermont Studio Center, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Center Program Residency-Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL ), HATCH Residency-Chicago Artists Coalition (Chicago, IL) and the Acre Project Residency, (Steuben WI ). Her work is in the permanent collection of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Baker is Associate Professor and chair of the Visiting Artist Series at the College of Dupage, a nationally recognized community college serving the greater Chicago area.