For the past three years, my main area of interest has been the issues surrounding the relationships between humans and animals. In my recent practice I have been exploring the idea of the animal as practitioner and how different species might shape, frame and make space in our everyday urban environments through methods of sculpture and drawing. I have recently come across the term ‘Vermin culture’. This term is given to various species of animal which are considered a nuisance or a ‘pest’. This inspired me to produce a number of drawings and sculptures made from a variety of found objects that I placed in a deranged manner to give the illusion of an unstable structure that could trap or snare an animal. I am also interested in the shared urban spaces in which animals live along side us; where wild animals become domesticated or agricultural. “To consider the boundaries of what it means to be human rather than animal”(O’Reilly,2009,p.149.) is a quote I have used as a guiding principle in my work to address questions about the residual traces left by animals, looking at the spaces animals inhabit and turning them into sculptural forms.

18th September 2014

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Alan Baker, Untitled 71, 2014
Trap and Snare series 

Alan Baker, Untitled 71, 2014

Trap and Snare series 

12th September 2014

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Alan Baker, Untitled 70, 2014
Trap and Snare series

Alan Baker, Untitled 70, 2014

Trap and Snare series

20th July 2014

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Alan Baker, Untitled 69, 2014
Trap and Snare series 

Alan Baker, Untitled 69, 2014

Trap and Snare series 

19th May 2014

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Alan Baker, Untitled 68, 2014
Trap and Snare series 

Alan Baker, Untitled 68, 2014

Trap and Snare series 

19th May 2014

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Alan Baker, Untitled 67, 2014
Trap And Snare series

Alan Baker, Untitled 67, 2014

Trap And Snare series

19th May 2014

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Alan Baker, Untitled 66, 2014
Trap and Snare series  

Alan Baker, Untitled 66, 2014

Trap and Snare series  

7th April 2014

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Alan Baker, Untitled 65, 2014
Continuation from the Trap And Snare series from 2013

Alan Baker, Untitled 65, 2014

Continuation from the Trap And Snare series from 2013

29th March 2014

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Alan Baker, Untitled 64, 2014
Continuation from the Trap And Snare series from 2013

Alan Baker, Untitled 64, 2014

Continuation from the Trap And Snare series from 2013

29th March 2014

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Alan Baker, Untitled 63, 2014
Continuation from the Trap And Snare series from 2013

Alan Baker, Untitled 63, 2014

Continuation from the Trap And Snare series from 2013

18th October 2013

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Alan Baker, Untitled 62, 2013

Alan Baker, Untitled 62, 2013