Maria Walker







 

I am a contemporary artist with a diverse artistic practice, which I consider straddles the boundary between craft and fine art. My underlying interest memory is the basis of the various strands of my practice, but my work also celebrates the process of making. My practice is very much concerned with touch, and although I now use a wide range of materials, even car tyres, most of the materials I use have the same pliable qualities of cloth and I use techniques I have developed as a textile artist. The distinct strands of my practice run alongside each other, sometimes as separate strands and sometimes coming together to inform each other

My longstanding interest in carrying out historical research, particularly related to the lives of women and domesticiy, has provided inspiration for my narrative based art work. Using a variety of mixed media techniques and materials, such as embroidery, illustration, digital imagery and printing, I tell stories through an exploration of personal objects, garments and text, which evoke personal and cultural memories.

More recently, whilst working towards my MA in Fine Art, I have developed an abstract and sculptural strand to my practice. My site specific interventions in an old Manchester mill and a woodland setting, explore the memory and the body. My fine art sculptural work often emerges from a dialogue between hard and soft materials and although I do not set out to impose a narrative on my work, the materials and forms suggest connections and invite various readings from the viewer.


Exhibitions

September 2014
My MA Show at the University of Chester
Also took part in Cabinets of Curiosity exhibition with Markmakers at the Colonnades , Albert Dock, Liverpool as part of the Liverpool independents biennial.
November 2014
“ The Lightfoot Letters” exhibition moved to Llandudno Library.
“All about Drawing” Cross Street Arts
December 2014
“Knit – a –year” exhibition . The Brindley , Runcorn.

Contact

Website:         www.mariawalker.co.uk

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