Cindy Baker is a Canadian artist whose performance work addresses gender culture, queer theory, art theory and the implications of fat-shame. Cindy will host her Fashion Plate project at the VCUarts Depot and Black Iris Gallery, inviting student designers and garment makers to produce garments for Cindy to showcase in a fashion catwalk show that confronts the design industry’s disregard for fat and deviant bodies.
4/12 – Fashion Plate Workshop – (9am-12pm) VCU Depot (814 W. Broad St.)
4/13 – Fashion Plate Workshop – (1-6pm) VCU Depot
4/14 – Fashion Plate Workshop – (9am-12pm) VCU Depot
4/14 – Fashion Plate Performance Event – (6-9pm) Black Iris Gallery (321 W. Broad St.)
Interdisciplinary and performance artist Cindy Baker is passionate about gender culture, queer theory, fat activism and art theory. Baker considers context her primary medium, working with whatever materials are needed to allow her to concentrate on the theoretical, conceptual and ephemeral aspects of her work. She believes that her art exists in its experience, and not in its objects. Some of Baker’s biggest interests are skewing context and (re)examining societal standards, especially as they relate to language and dissemination of information, and she perceives a need for intervention and collaboration, both within the art world and in the community at large. With a background of working, volunteering, and sitting on the board for several artist-run centres in Western Canada, Cindy has a particular professional interest in the function of artist-run centres as a breeding ground of deviation. She is based out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. http://www.populust.ca/cinde/wp/2009/05/fashion-plate/
This event is presented as part of “Queer Threads: Making and Talking, Fiber and Fashion”, a week-long event series co-sponsored by the Craft/Material Studies Department and the VCUarts Inclusion Infusion Initiative, from April 10-14 at VCU’s Depot and satellite community locations.