British photographer Susannah Baker-Smith grew up in Wales and Amsterdam. After studying English Literature at Cambridge she went on to travel and work in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In 2007/8 she studied at the Institute of Contemporary Photography (ICP) in New York and after graduating embarked upon a series of independent projects examining memory, focusing on the way that our experience of the new is affected by memories of the past. This series Another Place has taken her to Syria, Rwanda, India, Sri Lanka and most recently Beirut.
After wandering for many years she turned her camera to her more immediate surroundings, returning to an early fascination with Dutch still life paintings. The series Chaise Longue subjects the traditional objects of the genre to the feminine gaze, her intense observation and isolation of the familiar invites new layers of meaning which can be both playful and disconcerting.
Interior inhabits the same space as Chaise Longue – a series of intimate portraits of women, influenced by the Dutch artist Breitner. A woman alone, away from the confines of her life, drifts in a kind of dream, almost transparent and fragile like glass.
The series Botanic is also about confinement in a sense, nature confined to a designated space, the park – boundaries between natural and unnatural are blurred – a ‘pretend’ landscape, it’s wildness is filtered out but implicit.