Jill: a true story of a clever jeweller
Lisa Walker's practice has, over 30 years, reconfigured the landscape of contemporary jewellery. A freewheeling journey of material and conceptual discovery, the combination of complete freedom and trust in her own path has provided some of the most confounding, inquiring, joyous and essential works in the field. Now, in the flourishing of mid-career, Lisa brings us a suite of pieces that revel in the maturity and sophistication that such success brings.
Lisa Walker is known for embracing and sometimes subverting traditional craft methods to interrogate notions of beauty, the feminine, popular culture and occasionally, politics. The new works in JILL: A True Story of a Clever Jeweller are an articulate statement of her current focus (about the title of this show, Lisa gleefully says: "now isn't that a fab title! It comes from a book printed around the 1950’s I found called JACK - A True Story of a Clever New Zealand Farm Dog"). Padded, soft, embroidered, painted, dangling, colourful, riotous, dreamlike, gestural, prayerful; Lisa's recent work roams fearless across time and territory, borrowing forms and ideas from artists as diverse as Yvonne Todd, Anna Maiolino, Len Lye, Picasso and, just as importantly, those artists lost to history. It shows a deep fascination with, and respect for, art history beyond the canon: the sources are diverse, often anonymous, but equalised and made new again by her careful eye and distinctive palette.