Sheri Bakes’s work stems from an interest in the phenomenon of wind, or the atmosphere in motion. Her work pulls in and out of focus, from windswept, loosely rendered landscape to abstraction. Fine attention to light and its stippling motion throughout a wide variety of natural environments and climate-inspired moods are built up through layers. The work is meant to serve as respite and aid to meditation that will appear to shift through the days and grow with the viewer over time.
Bakes lives with Aphantasia (internal blindness or no “mind’s eye”) and works from her own many photographs.
She received a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 1998, and began exhibiting with Bau-Xi Gallery in 2002. She lives and works on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Kevin Chong wrote for the Globe and Mail: "Her brooding, wind-swept scenes highlight tensions not only between the sky and land, but also between the physical landscape and the world of the mind."
Bakes has exhibited in Europe, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver. Her work has been placed in numerous private collections across North America and Europe, and in permanent collections with Emaar Properties, Dubai, UAE, Enunciate Conferencing, Toronto Dominion Bank, UBC Psychiatric Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital, St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC. and Swedish Hospital in Seattle.