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To See Clearly Painting

Kristina Baker

United States

Painting, Oil on Panel

Size: 24 W x 18 H x 1.5 D in

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This painting is based on a still image from the film “Tomboy” by Céline Sciamma. The figure at left was assigned female at birth, and upon moving to a new town, decides to start presenting as a boy to the neighborhood children without telling his family. He starts an innocent childhood romance with a girl who doesn’t know he was born female. The scene in the painting is the moment right before they kiss for the first time- she covers his eyes while they are alone in the woods and steals a kiss. Visually and cinematically, I loved the way that the moment was presented. I connected to the film since I often think about how I present my own gender, and the process of self identifying and exploring my own truth, individually and through relationships. The covering of the eyes also relates to the idea of object permanence, or the understanding that something exists even though it can not be immediately seen or sensed. Children develop this skill at a young age-it is the reason that peek-a-boo is so entertaining for young children, because they believe you actually disappear or no longer exist when they lose sight of you. Even though I’ve fully developed this skill, through adulthood there are some things that I continue to question the existence or proof of if they are not immediately visible. Through this painting, I’m thinking through this process of trusting that something will remain constant even if it is out of sight or experience. The title of the painting, “To See Clearly”, comes from my belief that sometimes in order to see truthfully you need to look inward as opposed to looking towards external information for answers. I feel that by covering his eyes, the girl is forcing the boy to look inward, and in turn, he will not be allowed to see her, or know she exists with him, until he does so. The painting has a clean 1.5” wooden edge, and is currently unframed. Oil on panel, 18” x 24”, 2022

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Painting:Oil on Panel

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:24 W x 18 H x 1.5 D in

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Kristina Rose Baker is an artist working in Orange County, California. She creates figurative paintings that explore mental processes through metaphor, addressing themes of vulnerability, intimacy, and violence. She is the recipient of the Florence Lief Fellowship, Gamblin Paint Award, Anderson Ranch Brooks Fellowship, and is a Yale/Norfolk Fellowship Nominee. In 2017 she was awarded the year-long position of Community Artist in Residence at The Bascom Center for Visual Arts in Highlands, North Carolina. She has been featured in numerous exhibitions and magazines across the country and her résumé includes extensive experience as an Arts Educator, as well as a background in Museum Education and Exhibitions. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015.

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