Emily Baker is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher whose work studies manufacturing industries and honors our industrial past while re-envisioning its future. She investigates the worker’s role in relation to automation, technology, and trade. She aims to bridge gaps between materials, industries, and our bodies, bringing us closer to the products we use and the journeys they have taken. Her work focuses heavily on the idea of identity, repair, and retroactive healing, both within the body and of place and considers the fragility of industry along with the economic and seismic shifts that will define the future of work.
Emily has shown her work nationally and was recently awarded an Exploratory Research Grant at the Hagley Museum to examine DuPont’s contribution to the textile industry, specifically their role in women’s fashion during the rebirth of nylon’s image post-WWII. She also recently received a grant to continue research on the Women of Bethlehem Steel in Pennsylvania to commemorate their contributions in a permanent public sculpture. She is passionate about all things casting and metal. In her spare time, she travels to attend cast iron pours and conferences throughout the United States and is gearing up to present work at the International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art in Berlin, Germany. Before relocating to Atlanta, she was a Lecturer at Rowan University and spent time as the Foundry Studio Artist at Salem Art Works in Salem, NY, a Visual Artist at The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT and was the recipient of a micro-residency at The Steel Yard, in Providence, RI. She was also awarded a residency at The Santa Fe Art Institute during their 2020 Labor theme.