Financial Times; How to Spend it

Financial Times, March 6, 2023

Lauren Baker discovered the spirituality of totems while connecting with shamans and taking part in ayahuasca ceremonies in the Peruvian Amazon. She left a corporate life in the city and became an artist, making pieces that speak to environmental issues, unity and female power. ‘‘ I like the tradition of totems being a gathering spot for ceremonies and a place for community meetings .’’says Baker. Her textile Earth Totems were exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery last autumn; she sees her own ones as potent spiritual symbols. Her Luna Woman Power Totem, made from metal and LED lights, stands 3.5 m tall and is positioned in Palmers Green, Enfield, where in 1914 a group of suffragettes held a landmark meeting campaigning for the right to vote. 


 Text by Harriet Quick