Lisa Walker pioneered a completely new approach to contemporary jewellery practice that constantly questions the notions of acceptability and value and preconceived notions of wearability.
Lisa exhibits and is involved in museums and galleries in Europe, Japan, America, Australia and New Zealand and her work has been presented at international Art fairs on a number of occasions.
Her work is held in numerous international collections. She will be exhibiting with her long-time collaborators, ‘Chicks on Speed’ at the City Gallery, Wellington in March 2013.
Lisa was the 2010 winner of the Francoise van den Bosch Award. She studied at the Akademie der Bildende Kunst in Munich under Professor Otto Kunzli from 1995 to 2001.
'One issue of this work aims at researching the differences between an acceptable notion of beauty or stereo-type, and some other kind of aesthetic - the search for an aesthetic that we hardly ever see, but nevertheless perhaps recognise.
Looking at this jewellery you find a subtlety and cleverness in the choices of materials and motives and the ways in which they are combined. While this is about play, it is not about just having a good time with shiny things, and the final decisions about finishing and grouping are sophisticated and exciting.
This is reactionary work, consciously active with influences and comments on clichéd cultural celebrations. The pieces are laced with references to conventional and contemporary jewellery, questioning what jewellery means, and can be.'
Helen Britton, Munich, 2006