Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me (2010) Out of print
£15 rrp Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me features all 158 drawings from Bobby’s touring exhibition. The drawings are an astonishing record of Bobby’s journey from mental and physical illness to eventual recovery. Moving, shocking and unexpectedly hilarious in turn, they reveal both the stark realities of living with mental illness and society’s lack of understanding. With an introductory essay by Marina Warner, and essays by Bobby and by her daughter Dr Dora Whittuck, clinical psychologist, this book is a rich, rewarding visual experience and a fascinating insight into the interplay between art, mental health and society. Mind Book of the Year 2011 Only available from Blackwell’s Bookshop at the Wellcome Collection, and not from Daily Life Ltd direct.
£15 plus p+p / £120 plus p+p (excluding VAT) DVDs are available to buy individually or as a 9 DVD Bumper Box set Individual titles: Drawing on a Mother’s Experience, Cook Dems, Kitchen Show, How to Shop, Take a Peek!, Grown-Up School, Box Story, Table Occasion No 19 and How to Live. Bumper Box set: this specially discounted series brings together all nine DVDs. Please contact the office for all DVD purchase enquiries.
£25 rrp “Performance artist and painter Bobby Baker has daringly confronted the fragilities and pleasure of human existence with challenging honesty. In a powerful feminist tradition of speaking herself – speaking her own truth – she has ranged from hilarity to the deepest pathos. Her vision, sometimes excruciating, has produced a singular and profoundly important body of art work about the struggle and the joys of living.” Griselda Pollock, University of Leeds “Finally, a book on Bobby Baker! Here is an important artist — important to visual art, to performance art, to culinary art, to frank and brave art. Here is a book essential for anyone invested in questions of mental health, feminism, hilarity, pain, everyday life on the planet, and the crushing honesty of the banal detail. Here, too, is a beautiful book, full of images and insights, smartness and hope.” Rebecca Schneider, Brown University Bobby Baker is one of the most widely acclaimed and popular performance artists working today. This fully-illustrated book brings together for the first time an account of Baker’s career as an artist with critical commentary by reviewers and academic practitioners. It includes: – Bobby Baker’s own ‘Chronicle’ of her work as artist and performer – Transcripts of Baker’s performances and other original material reproduced here for the first time – Illuminating critical writing about Baker’s shows, carefully edited and contextualised – Significant new essays by Michèle Barrett and Griselda Pollock and a new interview with Bobby Baker by Adrian Heathfield Under the guiding editorial hand of distinguished cultural theorist Michèle Barrett, this volume is a hugely absorbing and accessible account of Baker’s work and an essential text for students interested in performance, gender and visual culture. Available from all good bookshops, not from Daily Life Ltd direct.
‘Sticky Labels: Women and the Mental Health System’ at WOW London
First FEAT, Bobby Baker, 2008. Photo Andrew Whittuck, 2008 Sticky Labels: Women and the Mental Health System As part of WOW – Women of the World Festival Bobby Baker leads a panel investigating why women have been branded everything from ‘witches’ to ‘morally insane’. There is a long history of women – particularly those who don’t conform to social norms – being given derogatory labels. Join this discussion to explore the politics of women and mental health, and the misogyny within the contemporary psychiatric diagnostic framework. Join Bobby Baker, and a panel of specialists by both profession and experience, to consider strategies of survival, rebellion and resilience. More speakers to be announced. Date: Fri 6 March 2020 Time: 3:30pm Location: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Find out more and book tickets here.
This weekend Bobby Baker’s Daily Life Ltd. studio will be open as part of Collage Arts N22 Open Studios. Collage Artspace 3, Cumberland Road, Wood Green, N22 7BU Private view: 7th November, 18:00 – 21:00. Open Studios weekend: 9th + 10th November, 12:00 – 18:00. Come and visit us in our new studio, have a cup of tea and hear about Bobby’s EPIC DOMESTIC: the domestic revolutionary party fit for the 21st Century.
Great & Tiny War recently won Best Event Tyneside at The Journal & The Gazette Culture Awards 2019. Huge thanks to the amazing community of people who helped to make the work the success it was – including the tour hosts, the local community groups we worked with, our production team, commissioners 14-18 NOW, our funders, the people who nominated us and one very accommodating landlord. If you missed, or want to relive, Great & Tiny War, you can read, see and watch videos about it here, on Wunderbar’s dedicated mini-website.
Launched in Madrid in 2018, the project is ongoing with multiple elements. EPIC DOMESTIC models classic Revolutionary Parties, with Baker initially creating a series of Dissenting Propaganda posters and tiny Domestic films, followed by an ambitious social media campaign. Ultimately the campaign will involve live Dadaistic acts in public spaces, where Baker emerges from the Kitchen and takes to the streets wearing exquisite, strange yet utilitarian outfits. She plans to ultimately recruit other Rebellious Participants and create a city-wide campaign including public murals, billboards and Elegantly Choreographed Riots. EPIC DOMESTIC is a campaign for a New World where highly skilled prancing, but stately, domestic experts, like Baker, are finally rewarded for their “Grossly Undervalued Domestic Labour” (Sandi Toksvig).