*Mirror Image, Space and Time Gallery, Chicago IL, 2021.
Chameleon Blind is an ongoing multi-disciplinary body of serial work combining wood, metal, light, fiber processes, and animation to create multi-dimensional “light paintings” in storefront window spaces throughout the city of Chicago. Designed to be visible 24 hours a day the installations light up each night at dusk allowing commuters and pedestrians to experience the work as it transforms from day to night. Over the last six years, Chameleon Blind has had nine iterations in both traditional and non-traditional gallery spaces across the city of Chicago. An archive of the project can be seen here.
The overarching goal of the project is to create new opportunities for the community to engage and access contemporary art outside of traditional gallery settings, while fostering connections to support and promote local businesses. In 2020, Chameleon Blind was installed in neighborhoods across Chicago including West Town, Six Corners, Humboldt Park and Uptown.
This project is supported by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, Uptown United, Six Corners Association and an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Mara Baker is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist and educator. Combining traditional fiber processes, animation, light and video, Baker’s work draws inspiration from the phenomena of optical illusion and the changing of our eyes perception of light, color and space. Baker received an MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally including Chicago, New York, Santa Fe, Minneapolis, Budapest and Toronto. Baker is Associate Professor of Fine Art at the College of Dupage, a nationally recognized community college serving the greater Chicago area.