Maria Walker

profile

Maria Walker is a contemporary artist who explores the human body and the experience of being human, using textiles and other media, which she selects for their innate tactility and flexibility.

Her initial interest in memory and narratives resulted in her recounting stories of ordinary people in her textile work and installations. She was concerned with the traces people leave behind through an exploration of personal objects and clothing, as these evoke personal and cultural memories. Her solo exhibition “The Lightfoot Letters” was inspired by a bundle of old letters she found and tells the story of a working class family in Widnes in the 1920’s.

After obtaining a MA in Fine Art she has developed her fine art practice and explores similar themes in her large scale, abstract sculptural work. Her organic looping structures, emerge from a combination of a process- led approach and relationship with materials, and her ongoing academic research and interest in the human body.

qualifications

2014    MA Fine Art, University of Chester

membership

Prism

exhibitions

2018   Prism, Transient Hoxton Arches Gallery, London,
2018   Interval 1.1 Ordsall Hall, Salford,
2017   Landmarks The Gallery at St Georges House, Bolton,
2017   Weave: fragments Sunny Bank Mills, West Yorkshire
2017   Nasty Women Cross Street Arts, Wigan,
2016   Landmarks and Boundaries, The Brindley, Runcorn,
2016   Saltaire Arts Trail, Open Houses, Saltaire, West Yorkshire.
2016   Factory, Mirabel Studios Manchester,
2015   Testing Space, The Pyramid, Warrington,
2014   Cabinets of Curiosity. Independents Biennial, Albert Dock, Liverpool
2014   Loop: Maria Walker and Estelle Woolley Chester Film Coop, Chester

Lightfoot Letters Exhibition
2017   Clotworthy House, County Antrim.
2016   Salford Art Gallery
2014   Llandudno Library, Llandudno.
2014   Stanza Poetry Festival, St Andrews, Scotland,
2013   Waterside Art Centre, Sale, Manchester,
2013   Visual Arts Cheshire Gallery, Northwich,
2011   The Brindley, Runcorn,

contact

Website: mariawalker.co.uk