Abby Baer

Auburn, MA
Visual Communication Design and Sculpture
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Hi! I’m Abby. I’m a designer, sculptor, and illustrator. I’m most passionate about how colors, shapes and illustrations are used to communicate with an audience. I love making minimal drawings and 3D structures using sleek modern elements of design. I work both in traditional and digital design. Being a Cancer, I get emotionally invested in problem solving and I think of a hundred iterations on how to find a solution.

Visual Communication Design Portfolio

Sculpture Portfolio

Why can’t people say what they mean? In my site-specific installations and sculptures, I want to say publicly what I hear many people saying privately. My passion is to make administrative language transparent and understandable by the people most impacted by it. I use simplified and amplified statements to project tiring interactions between a range of positions of power. I incorporate text in my work by writing it casually, naively, and confrontationally. My work aims to show the roots of our problems and the structures that have failed marginalized communities time and time again.

Community is a major theme in my work, as I make site-specific work about power dynamics on campus. My work is displayed in galleries as well in public, making it accessible to art and non-art audiences and communities. Oftentimes, people (administration) find my work controversial because it highlights the reality of student life on campus. My goal is to create a space for everyone in the student community to be heard on their own terms and not muted by anyone above them.

Art is Plagiarism
CNC, MDF, and paint
20 in x 42 in x .5 in
2019As artists we seek out inspiration in the works of others to then transform the artwork into something new. We rewrite, re-plot, remake until a hint of our practice appears through this shared work. We are defensive humans assuming that every unique concept or execution we have is exceptionally ours. Plagiarism is a negative phenomenon; however, it can be acknowledged in a way where we appropriately give credit to our resources. So don’t get so defensive when you’re called out for plagiarism. Most people do it without realizing, especially artists. Just don’t forget them in your endnotes.
Rebel
CNC, MDF
12 in x 72 in x .25 in
2019-2020
These statements are part of a larger anonymous student and faculty voice who contributed to my first original project. Suggestion Box was a two-week long project where I designed four suggestion boxes, placed them in various public spaces on campus including notepads that asked: “what concerns do you have for the university?” These suggestions exposed many different problems that have been repeatedly addressed to campus administration. I am here to learn about my peers’ grievance and create a space from them to be heard. This institutional rebellion is not over until the walls are torn down to see the roots of our problems and the structure that has failed this community time and time again.
Suggestion Boxes
CNC, MDF, padded paper, pens, and pins
12 in x 72 in x .25 in
2019-2020
Every member of a community should have the space to voice complaints, suggestions, or any general feedback. Specifically, in regards to the university providing support or changes to campus culture is rarely prioritized. These student facilitated boxes were posted in every academic building on campus allowing a variety of students to share their feelings and frustrations. All of these concerns were collected and hung in the school’s art exhibition to display for the school’s faculty, administrators, deans, and provosts.
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