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Pout II by Chellis Baird

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Pout II, encaustic monotype, mulberry paper, image transfer, on fabriano paper, 22 X 19 inches, white birch custom frame included

In this series Baird expands upon her signature techniques of sculpture, painting, and textiles within the spectrum of red. Much like the versatility of Baird's work, the color red conjures a wide range of symbols, feelings, and history. Including the contrasting emotions of love to pain and symbols such as good luck, war, and seduction. The fiery color commands reactions that are both visceral and beautiful. Historically it was once associated with baby boys instead of blue and is now traditionally considered feminine. Red can also excite or scare. It indicates temperature; it needs no introduction. Red lingers. It can be sweet or spicy. The artist is drawn to the color's ability to simultaneously entice and intimidate while being a color associated with warmth and affection.

In Pout the artist used her own lips to kiss pigments on Japanese printmaking papers that were then enlarged and abstracted through image transfers. The work on paper is one of a kind and uses her signature Lady Danger cadmium red hue.

Donated By Chellis Baird