Television, cell phones, and the internet have the ability to connect us and allow us to interact with people all over the world instantaneously, but they also have the ability to distract us. It often seems that everywhere we look, whether by advertisements, news, or other forms of media, we are being told what to do and what to think. This creates and environment where it is easier to tune out everything and ignore the outside world completely rather than try to decipher the barrage of information. In my work I often place subjects who are interacting with technology in mundane ways into environments filled with the type of chaos that has become commonplace in the news. The subjects however seem to remain completely unaware of their surroundings, focused instead on the screens in front of them. By juxtaposing these elements I hope to create humorous images, parodying our behavior, while simultaneously raising questions about our own relationships with technology and how it can affect our perception of the world around us.
Baxter Stults received his BFA in graphic design from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2015. It was during his time there that he discovered printmaking. By working with a combination of traditional and digital methods, Stults has been able to combine both his design background and his passion for printing by hand. Since graduating he worked at Green Pea Press, a community print shop located in Huntsville, Alabama before coming to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for graduate study.