Alan Baker is an artist based in Shropshire who specialises in drawing and sculpture. Having completed a MA in fine art at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2013 and a BA (hons) degree from the University of Huddersfield in 2012, he is now continuing his artistic practice at his studio based in the North West. He has exhibited his artwork across the country, most recently at 'private:PUBLIC' in Sheffield and he was shortlisted for the Greater Manchester Art prize 2016. He also won the the GreatArt award at the Nottingham Castle Open Exhibition in 2014.
Trap and Snare Series
Alan Baker's interest is in the relationships between humans and animals, exploring the idea of the animal as practitioner and how different species transform space in our everyday urban environments. The work presented as part of the festival is the complete collection of drawings from his ‘Trap and Snare Series’ started in 2013 which depicts 100 constructed sculptures, transformed through the medium of drawing. Within each image, there is an element of danger with precariously balancing objects from the domestic environment which could fall at any time to trap and snare it’s subject; whether this be human or animal.