Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance Purdue University GalleriesCollege of Liberal Arts

Natalie Baxter learned to sew and quilt from her “Appalachian, gun-owning granny.” Her recent work uses craft materials and techniques to create plush guns, bloated flags, and pillows embroidered with social media comments. Interested in concepts of place identity, nostalgia, and gender stereotypes, Baxter’s soft sculptures take sensitive, challenging, and divisive social and political topics and turns them into humorous, droopy, bloated, and sometimes flamboyant objects. Through this transformation, Baxter strives to create an approachable entry point from which to unpack political issues that have become points of division in today’s political and social landscape.

Natalie Baxter’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the U.S.A.. She has been featured in The New York Times, Jealous Curator, Huffington Post, The Guardian, and Hyperallergic.

Join us at 5:30PM on Tuesday, October 3rd, for an opening reception featuring comments by the artist.

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