There is no way for humanity to pursue infinite growth and survive.
My sculptural work investigates humanity’s relationship with nature. Since the Industrial Revolution society has been obsessed with consumption and therefore production. Civilization’s desire for easily accessible and immediately attainable goods and services separates humanity from the natural world, and pushes it out of concern. The infinite-growth paradigm of capitalism requires a perpetual acceleration of production and consumption. This paradigm along with humanity’s blindness to it causes irrevocable damage to the planet that sustains us and threatens humanity itself.
Cast bronze and iron represent different stages of technological innovation. While they are natural occurring elements they must be processed/changed for their naturally occurring form to be utilized. My castings are anthropomorphized tools representing the tools humanity has used to turn natural materials into resources.
I also work collaboratively with Christyn Overstake as Green A Studios. We produce both objects and large installations focused on massive contemporary biodiversity loss and de-speciation as a result of human behavior. It is intended to render biological data or research assessments into visual experiences that make the loss of each living species real and tangible to the general public and expand conversation around the current extinction event perpetuated by human activities.
Robin Baker is an artist and educator working in central Oklahoma. Baker's personal work explores the lack of connection between industrial society and the rest of the planet. Through the juxtaposition of human and natural forms using industrial and natural materials, He strives to reveal this disconnection and add to the conversation about the destruction necessary to sustain the industrial way of life. He is also part of a collaborative project with his spouse Christyn Overstake. As Green A Studios they create works that elucidate the human actions causing the current mass extinction crisis as well as the actions being taken to mitigate humanities effect on planetary biodiversity. Baker has shown, given talks, and taught workshops throughout the United States, and is currently Teaching Assistant Professor of Art at Oklahoma State University.