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Artist Residency, Berlin Artist Studio, AnnaBaer
my studio space at Berlin Art Institute
When telling Dominik (my husby) about this opportunity to go to an artist residency, he, at first, was hesitant, because it wasn't cheap...and I would be away from him for a month. The same reasons I was quite hesitant about it. But then after just a nights sleep he was pretty sure I should do it. He even insisted that I attend. It would be such a great opportunity and I am so very pleased I have taken it. 

I am at the end of my second week here and I could not be more grateful for my time so far. I am away from all distractions, I'm in the young art capital of Germany, and am surrounded by other wonderful creatives. I have nothing I have to do except grow this little baby in my belly and make art. How wonderful is my life! 
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I have been working in several mediums, painting, photography, and collage. I am making some things that I am really loving. My new artwork is communicating where my mind is and what I've been noticing about my thinking lately. Since becoming pregnant by life and this baby's life have been both in and out of my control.

At the beginning of the pregnancy my life felt totally out of control. I was feeling terribly, I feared a miscarriage, I was told by my doctor that I couldn't work at school for the duration of the pregnancy! What? I didn't feel like it was me or my life I was living. Totally out of control. When things are out of my control I have to kind of re-find my footing and try to live in this balance of chaos and control. I needed to make the most of this time of pivot and change in my life. And as an artist it's only natural that these thoughts and experiences manifest themselves in my artwork.

I’m curious about finding calm and contentment in the places we are and the places we want to be, in times we can take charge and times we have to let go. In these tiny mini paintings,  I hope to bring you into a tiny tranquil, restful space as I share my investigation into control and freedom.
Tiny round painting mixed media collage artist contemporary

Tiny round painting mixed media collage artist contemporary

The second series that I am pleased with is a diptych of photographs I took which follow in this idea of control and letting go of control. As mentioned above, this was really emphasized when I became pregnant. I felt a total lack of control over my body and the baby's health, but there is a beauty in this surrender of control.

This work is a stand alone piece or part of a diptych in my quiet series. In these photographs I take a posture of peaceful surrender to the task of carrying a child.        

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It's a bit scary to put myself out there this much. Especially my artwork, I am self-conscious and struggle to be content with the work I produce. But I am finally creating consistently and making meaningful work and it feels so good!!! 

Do you find that my work communicates my intentions? I'd love to hear your feedback. 

Thanks for reading lovelies!

Anna
           
Series: if our home were on fire #2
if our home were on fire #2 , Anna Baer, 2015, photograph

I photograph you and write to you as a way of saying good bye, in case we ever part ways. You've been precious to me.

If I could take a few possessions with me in case of an evacuation, I would take this box brownie camera. It is a camera from 1901. This is the first hand held camera for the masses. It was easy to operate and conveniently used film instead of glass negatives. I bought this camera for a steal at an antique store in Spokane, Washington for 10$. At the time I acquired it, I was I was working in the photography darkroom a lot and was falling in love with the process. 

I know I could replace it, but it represents my love for photography and capturing beautiful moments of life. It also, because it is such an important camera historically, represents my love and appreciation of art history. I love being part of this long history of artistic pursuits and delighting in the every day. 

I photograph you and write to you as a way of saying good bye, in case we ever part ways. You've been precious to me.

What is a precious possession you have been holding on to?

What stories are connected to it?  Bring it out from where it was hiding and display it.

Thanks for reading lovelies,

Anna
Series: if our home were on fire #1
if our home were on fire #1 , Anna Baer, 2015, photograph



I photograph you and write to you as a way of saying good bye, in case we ever part ways. You've been precious to me.

If I could take a few possessions with me in case of an evacuation, I would take this case of letters.  Dominik and I wrote letters to each other for years. Our communication began in 2003, the summer between gr 10 and 11. He asked me for my email address. We wrote emails all summer. Then when fall came and school started, we wrote notes, and cards to each other. Soon after we were in love; but stayed "just friends". Trying our hardest not to cross the friendship line. Of sharing too much, or god forbid hold hands. After graduation, we moved far away from each other, we wrote snail-mail and email. There are letters in there asking me out to dates, there are letters riddled with bible verses, and Christianese. There are letters of longing, letters of lust, letters that are flakey and funny. Our whole 7 years before I moved here to Germany and became his wife...

This case has over 150 letters, almost every letter we ever wrote to one another. It has the emails printed out and sorted chronologically, and all the hand written letters too.

I photograph you and write to you as a way of saying good bye, in case we ever part ways. You've been precious to me.

What is a precious possession you have been holding on to?

What stories are connected to it?  Bring it out from where it was hiding and display it.

Thanks for reading lovelies,

Anna


Impressionist Photography
When in Amsterdam I was moved to take photographs.

We were discussing with friends about taking photographs when on holiday.  One friend said he doesn't bring a camera on holiday because he gets stressed by the pressure of capturing things.  He would much rather be fully there and enjoy the moment.  Though I agree with him that it is most wonderful to be present when visiting new places and having new experiences, photographing for me only enhances my appreciation of the moment all the more. My eye through the viewfinder leads me to look for details and to capture beautiful scenes and places that I encounter.

*These impressionistic photographs were some of my favourites captured in Amsterdam. They captured the light without the pressure being in focus. They capture my relaxing holiday wonderfully. 

Do you get stressed by photographing during holidays or does your camera enhance your experience?

Cheers Lovelies,

Anna
Shooting with film again!
Oh my, I didn't know how much I missed analog photography until I was in the darkroom again.  It was good for my soul to see the images come to life. It's magic.






There is something so enchanting about the process.  It is greatly missed with digital these days.  Most frequently I shoot hundreds of photos and they stay digital hiding in my archives.  They are just numbers that never come to life.

I'm inspired to create and to get to know my old loves… Next are drawing, watercolor, and printmaking.

What's something you love to do that you haven't done in a while?

Cheers,

Anna