Bodies develop histories; they are tangible vessels that manifest consciousness. Baltagi's work endures a similar process, beginning with a substrate and acquiring multiple layers over time. Hand-made papers bearing images, textures and flaws, receive ideas and actions made visible. Baltagi uses materials that hold collected experiences with mobility. Such as: gas station paperwork, physical therapy worksheets, x-rays, journal entries, basketball courts, mobility aids, her car tires and seats. Sometimes, the processes can yield chaotic results and precede the sought after transformation of materials. Distressed yet precious, the remnants of the artist's labor-intensive process function as documents of mobility and reify the process of transformation.

 

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