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.
2014 MA Fine Art, University of Chester
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,