Measured Along the Ground #1
Artist proof of a collage print.
Reflecting her identity as a Cree/Metis woman, Baird’s artistic practice has explored themes of Indigenous history, identity and culture through the lens of sculpture, installation and painting. Challenging western notions of the ‘imaginary Indian’ perpetuated by mass media stereotypes, her work re-articulates and re-visions Indigenous narratives, while striving to engage a contemporary intersection of memory and meaning.
Her work has been featured in landmark exhibitions such as From Sea to Shining Sea, Power Plant, 1987 and Indigena, former Museum of Civilization, 1992 (a collaboration with her brother, artist Kenny Baird). Her extensive exhibition history includes presentations in galleries and museums across Canada as well as internationally. She has curated select projects, most recently Trove: Unearthing the Embargo Collective IIpresented in conjunction with ImagineNative Film & Media Festival 15th Anniversary, 2014. Public art commissions include: The Great Mystery, acrylic on canvas, 1996, Queen West Community Health Centre; Open Sky, acrylic on canvas, 2001, Lester B. Pearson International Airport New Terminal; Kiinwin Dabaagjmowin, “Our Story” in collaboration with artist Philip Cote, 2001, Mississauga’s of New Credit Reserve.
Baird’s current practice draws upon the traditional Star Blanket design, a symbolic marker of relationships within both individual and collective lives, exploring the evolving dynamism and motion of relationships originally suggested within this enduring cultural marker. Her art continues to be represented in notable private and public collections.
She resides and works in Toronto.