Posted by: groundsforsculpture | May 7, 2011


By SL Baker, Members’ Musings Exhibition participant

Opening by SL Baker. Photo Courtesy of Artist.

“There is a story of a woman running away from tigers.  She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer.  When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines.  Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well.  She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging.  She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass.  She looks up and she looks down.  She looks at the mouse.  Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly. Tigers above, tigers below.  

This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life; it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life.”
Pema Chödrön  (The Wisdom Of No Escape: How To Love Yourself And Your World)

The painting OPENING references compassion, and the acceptance of what actually is present in any given circumstance.  There is a lightness of color next to and overlapping darkness and smears.  This conveys a struggle, as in life.  Human beings find it difficult to be mindful in any given moment.

OPENING was created using fingers, hands and scratching the surface with a sheet of crumpled copper.  Acrylic on canvas, 40”h x 30”w. 

S.L. Baker is an emerging artist who has exhibited at The Trenton City Museum (The Ellarslie Museum) in Trenton, New Jersey, Straube Art Center in Pennington, New Jersey, Paul Robeson Center for the Arts in Princeton, New Jersey, and at the Small World Coffee Gallery, also in Princeton.  She is also a published poet and lyricist.

Born in Princeton, S.L. Baker is a life-long resident of the area and a retired NJ public school teacher.  She has two adult children and two grandchildren.  Ms. Baker lives in Lawrenceville, New Jersey with her husband, who is a professional musician and songwriter.

Members’ Musings, the second annual exhibition of artwork created exclusively by members of GFS, will be on display in the Education Gallery located inside the Visitor’s Center from April 9 – June 5, 2011.  In addition to supporting the arts, many GFS Members are gifted artists themselves.  This exhibition showcases the diversity of our 1,900 Members through their varied artistic creations.  Sixteen pieces in a variety of 2D and 3D media will be on display.  We hope that you enjoy this unique exhibition.

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