An autobiographical work of art, poetry and wild dress sense. Cecily Baker is fast becoming the talk of the town in London as the ex-Art teacher turned radical champion for the benefit supported solo parent. Expressing herself in prose, photography and a unique style of 'haute couture' designed to both shock and amuse, this honest and raw collection presents the tough survivor from East End London, yet also exposes the vulnerable side of a woman hard pressed. The Maelstrom is the tormented whirlwind of creativity that she has used to reinvent her life.
Cecily Baker is a pen name. The author has established a very public and social image for radical socialist ideals and her particular brand of Protest-Art. The real woman behind the image is very private and elusive. She lives in south London with her four children.
Ms Palmer, are you really a retired teacher?
The one who condemned the "graphic" display
But did you really attend?
Did you really say you won’t stand
For this kind of nonsense in your hood.
Do you actually live here?
Dear News shopper and Evening Standard
I made her up
I know of her well, and maybe the council she rang
But I did the rest. Controversy sells you see?
You wouldn’t publish my press release
So instead I made up my story to break the peace
My controversial display, sexualised toys and loss of childhood.
My work is deliberately contentious.
I make absolutely no apology for that.
Behind the kitsch humour, there is a deep message.