“I research the differences between an acceptable notion of beauty or stereo-type, and something else – the search for an aesthetic that we hardly ever see, but nevertheless perhaps recognise. I don’t want to make pieces that are easily steered through our established channels, I want people to be forced to work on new syllogisms, analogies and positions. I am continually pushing towards the extreme, and see this is a method which enables an expansion in thinking and ways of working.
I use a large range of materials and techniques.
I make reactionary work, consciously active with influences from all walks of culture and life. The pieces are often laced with references to contemporary jewellery of the last forty years, questioning and researching what jewellery means, what it can be.
I position my work around the history, future, and boundaries of jewellery. I make pieces for the future. Everything is food for art”.
Lisa Walker was born in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, in 1967. She studied Craft and Design at Otago Polytechnic Art School and in the early 1990s became a founding member of the Workshop 6 jewellery collective in Auckland.
Walker was based in Germany from 1995 – 2009. She was able to further develop her ecclectic and inquisitive approach to jewellery under the tutelage of Professor Otto Kunzli at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. Since then she has exhibited and been involved in projects with Museums, public galleries and other venues internationally. She is regularly invited to teach workshops and give lectures round the world. She has received recognition for her work as the recipient of various awards and scholarships. In 2010 Lisa was awarded the Francoise van den Bosch prize for work of an outstanding quality that influences and appeals to younger generations of artists internationally. In 2015, Lisa was awarded an Arts Foundation Laureate in New Zealand.
After many years living in Munich, Germany, Walker is currently based in her hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.