Widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s most influential contemporary jewellers, Lisa Walker has received numerous New Zealand and international awards, including the prestigious 2015 NZ Arts Foundation Laureate Award. Viewed as the leading jewellery award in the world she received the Dutch Francoise van den Bosch Award in 2009.
Lisa's work is highly exploratory and experimental and frequently confronting. Walker uses a vast range of materials and construction methods, often featuring everyday materials not regarded as particularly special or precious. She playfully reworks them, creating new and surprising relationships between these materials and the scale at which they are used and viewed, blurring the boundaries between jewellery, sculpture and craft.
Her presentation at Spark will offer a stimulating overview of her work from the early 90s to the present. It will feature individual pieces, as well as exhibition installation shots from international galleries and museums and from her long-term collaboration with the Chicks on Speed collective. Expect to hear a very personal commentary on her ‘jewellery epiphanies’.