Chestertown, MD, February 3, 2004 — The Washington College Department of Art presents “The Secret Lives of Portraits,” an exhibition of paintings by Carrie Ann Baade, visiting lecturer in art at the College, that explores the whimsical side of traditional portraits. The exhibition will be open daily to the public, Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m., February 13 to March 4, in the Tawes Gallery, Gibson Performing Arts Center. An opening reception will be held Friday, February 13 at 4 p.m. with remarks by the artist at 5 p.m. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
“This exhibition takes a different approach to many of the icons of our artistic heritage,” says Baade. “With a playful rearranging of images, my paintings attempt to reveal the secret lives of what are often viewed as static icons.”
Baade is currently a visiting artist at Washington College and teaches beginning drawing. She received her B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997 and a Masters in Painting from the University of Delaware in 2003. Her paintings start with the premise that there is more to portraits than meets the eye. If the subjects were animated and had free will, she asks, would they tire of their centuries-old identities and opt for change, or alter their appearances while we momentarily looked away? Through collage and trompe l'oeil painting techniques, Baade layers these whimsical possibilities on “serious” art.