Design Canoe Studio
Design Canoe Studio produces multimedia sculptural works by Minnesota artist Jacob Baker. Inspired by shorelines Jacob has experienced as a paddler, the works combine stone, driftwood, stained glass, and candle light in compositions that evoke nostalgia for the great outdoor wilderness areas of the northern Midwest. Jacob’s pieces embody the shoreline nexus of land, water, light, and air; a place of constant change and motion. Designed to bring this distinctive atmosphere into the home, the works function as one of a kind candle lit art pieces, designed to accent any room from the fireplace mantel to the dining room table.
American Craft Council Professional Member - Juried
Past contributor to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Art Sales and Rental Society
Commisioned to create functional table art for Elliot's Dining Room and Founders Lounge, White Point Beach Resort, Nova Scotia - 2015 and ongoing
My work is informed by a love of the outdoors, in particular shorelines, places of contrasting elements: light, water, land. The persistent tension between these worldly domains drives a primal conversation of creation and deconstruction. Here is where I go for inspiration and where I gather many of the materials used in my work.
My design premise appropriates a common shoreline fixture: the lens shrouded lantern of the lighthouse. I use lanterns to explore how glass, light, wood, and stone can be combined to evoke the shore’s atmosphere of contrasts in motion. I juxtapose polished glasswork and the natural rawness of stone and driftwood to create visual tension. Motion is introduced in a variety of ways: by deconstructing the lantern’s form, carving the wood along growth lines, or using wire and solder to sculpt flowing shapes. Each of my pieces aims to provide a point of beautiful inquisition, where even an eye familiar with the work may be rewarded with some thing new.