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About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art. The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip ( and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills. Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. This fall she will begin the PhD program at UC Berkeley in Performance Studies. You can follow her travels at and email her at


  1. Wow, what a wonderful, inspiring post, Miyuki! Particularly needed when I’m sitting in New England surrounded by huge piles of snow. Ovarian Psychos sounds fantastic! Vardas’ older films are really interesting, although the pace seems really slow now that we’re watching them in the 2010s.

    • Thanks so much! And yeah the pace of the film was definitely much slower but she’s so playful that I was completely captivated. Which of her older films would you recommend?

  2. I liked “Vagabond,” but beyond that, I’m not sure — watching her other films seems more like a sociological study, which I guess says good things about how far women have come since the late ’70s!

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