Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist, she is happiest when working with people who embrace intersectionality. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, where she was involved in queer Asian activism and making art, she received the Watson Fellowship to travel the world in search of queer artists and activists and made 8 zines highlighting what she learned under her publishing house Queer Scribe Productions.
She is a freelance artist, journalist, barber, translator, seamstress, lecturer and performer. Visit The Queer Barbershop to get a rad haircut on the cheap. Contact her at heymiyuki (at) gmail (dot) com for further inquiries, project ideas and pricing.
Jun 2012 – Present Editor, Queer Scribe, Philadelphia, PA
Jul 2010 – Present Editor and Journalist, Asian, Gay and Proud, Philadelphia, PA
Aug 2007 – Present Japanese Interpreter/Tutor, U. of Arts and Project Basho, Philadelphia, PA
May – Jul 2012 Sustainable Arts Teacher, Taller de Paz, Bogota, Colombia
Aug 2010 – May 2012 Co-president, Queer and Trans Conference, Swarthmore College
Aug 2008 – May 2012 Editor, Overlaps Magazine, Swarthmore College
Selected Presentations, Shows and Performances
Dec 2013 In the Seam, Los Angeles, CA
Nov 2013 Queer: THE Now (exhibit that celebrates LGBTQ ancestors and their histories), Los Medanos College Art Gallery
Nov 2013 Queer Art/Activism around the world, Wooden Shoe Books, Philly, PA
Oct 2013 Queer Scribe zine launch by Miyuki Baker, Blue Stockings Bookstore, New York, NY
Sep 2013 Miyuki Baker presents: A Watson year, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
May 2012 Threadbare: Unraveling the Surface, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
- Solo-show featuring mixed-media kimonos and installation
- One of the main reasons why I make art is because I seek to create new perspectives and ways of looking at the world. My work is predominantly centered on my various identities—queer, Japanese, Hapa, environmentalist, feminist, etc.—each of which suggests specific imagery and narratives to turn mundane everyday objects into unexpected and beautiful art. I hope my art will invite intellectual, emotional and physical participation from the viewer.
**Asian, Gay and Proud is a safe space for Asian Pacific-Islander American (APIA) members of the LGBTQ (and questioning) community in order to increase queer Asian visibility. Aside from conducting interviews with proudly out members of the LGBTQ Asian community, there are coming out stories, links and other resources.