Hetty Baiz "This Very Body"

Tenri Cultural Institute

poster for Hetty Baiz "This Very Body"

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Baiz produces life size collage prints subtly alluding to the human form while maintaining formal interest. Her media is varied and her supports range from canvas or paper to wood panel. The artist sees the physical state as a manifestation of transience; a presence developing in constant flux and transformation. Her thematic choice combines with her means to result in her favored medium of expression which is well informed yet intuitive.

Baiz’s working methodology requires that she become one with her work for she often interfaces with its surface; immolating it, marking it, gluing tissues to it or actually stamping it with her painted body part. In this way she continues to build up her pictorial planes turning them into dimensional constructions; at times via her paper edges curling, or through the use of thick impastos of paint or even with layers of plaster. As a practicing Buddhist, Baiz often incorporates text from Zen writings into her works. An example of such a work is her Lotus Land in which one of her bodies appears to be inscribed with the words “This very place is the Lotus land. This very body is the Buddha.” Baiz’s beliefs relate to Buddhist teachings for as in her earlier quoted statement, she believes in the ephemeral nature of life.



from March 05, 2009 to March 26, 2009

Opening Reception on 2009-03-06 from 18:00 to 20:00


Hetty Baiz

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