Katie Baldwin (Philadelphia, PA) is a skilled bookbinder and printmaker. Attesting to the complexity of the human condition, Baldwin says her work “is about my confusion between the personal and the political. Daily life intersects with themes of poverty, relationships, culture, national disasters and dumb luck. It is about trying to distinguish the point where policy-making and power at the national level collides with the everyday lives of ordinary people.” Baldwin has had the opportunity to travel and work in many different parts of the world and her experience working as an artist in other cultures has been fundamental to the development of her work. In spite of all the new technologies available, Baldwin maintains interest in the physicality of making artwork. She creates complex images made up of multiple wood-blocks, hand-sets lead type and prints her editions by hand. She says her process is, “a physical reminder of limitations, while serving as a direct response to the tactile act of making things.”
Baldwin received her MFA in from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia and BFA from Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA. Selected exhibitions include a solo show at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE; I'll Cut ThrU: Pochoirs, Carvings, and Other Cuttings, The Center For Book Arts, New York, NY; DIC Square in Nichonbashi; Chuo-ku, Tokyo; Space 1026 in Philadelphia, PA and Miejska Galeria in Lodz, Poland. She has been an artist in residence at The Women’s Studio Workshop. Baldwin’s work is included in the collection of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia; the Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Picture Collection and The Seattle Arts Commission Small Works Permanent Collections.