MATTHEW BAKER

I work in Oil, acrylic, ink and chalk.

I focus on themes of poverty, class division and addiction in Kingston.  I try to search for hope, to help identify and cross the lines that divide us into classes, using expressionism and magical realism.

I use clothing and masks to emphasize these social and economic divides, amidst desolate urban landscapes. The childish masks are symbolic of alienation; what divides humans from one another.

The cheap appearance of these masks, paper-thin disguises and the children hiding behind them suggest a sheltered Canadian existence. I communicate what I believe most people in Kingston believe; it is not the clothes or societal privilege, but the human being that is inherently valuable.