Steve Baker is an independent writer, researcher and artist, affiliated to the University of Central Lancashire, UK, as Emeritus Professor of Art History. His books include The Postmodern Animal; Picturing the Beast; and, with the Animal Studies Group, Killing Animals. His current research explores the distinctive contribution made by contemporary artists to the understanding of the more-than-human world, and his new book ARTIST|ANIMAL will be published by the University of Minnesota Press in January 2013 as part of its “Posthumanities” series.
Work from his photographic series Norfolk Roadkill, Mainly has been exhibited in group exhibitions in Minneapolis, Norwich and New Orleans. A portfolio of early work from that series was featured in Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, no. 14 (2010). A fuller discussion of the work appears in Susan McHugh’s “Stains, drains, and automobiles: A conversation with Steve Baker about Norfolk Roadkill, Mainly,” in Art & Research, vol. 4, no. 1 (2011), and it is also discussed in Giovanni Aloi’s 2011 book Art and Animals. Work from the more recent Roadside series is shown here for the first time, with the exception of one piece that was included in the London exhibition The Animal Gaze Returned in 2011. Baker’s forthcoming projects include sets of artist pages for the special issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities on “Animality and techne,” and for the special issue of the German animal studies journal Tierstudien on “Animals on the road.”