Baltes sees her paintings as protagonists, implicating the spectator and in turn shifting the gallery into a type of stage. Significantly, Baltes extends the parameters of painting, with content spilling over the frame and onto the surrounding architectural space.
The notion of the discrete object is resisted as canvases are moulded and shaped, surfaces cut and folded to amplify their physical properties. While Baltes’ work portrays a disparate iconography her work is marked by a playful economy and astute understanding of colour. In Baltes’ own words, “The general source of my work is the observation of daily life. I point out small things that touch me and create work that combines simplicity with a sense of humour.”