"What I find most important is Lisa’s exploration of the cultural function of jewelry, and a revitalization of it to be relevant to now. Walker’s jewelry is the extreme version of the most personal contemporary appurtenance. It is the physical manifestation of the mental and virtual baggage of living NOW. It is a stream of consciousness record of the whims and obsessions of an over-mediafied, production inundated, anxious global culture. If our collective subconscious brain could turn its pockets inside out, showing the world what we are really made of, it would look like Lisa’s work.”
Kerianne Kwik, Assistant Professor of Jewelry and Metalsmithing at San Diego State University, US.
Walker uses a vast range of materials and construction methods. She creates objects that consciously simmer with influences from all aspects of culture and life. The pieces are often laced with references to contemporary jewellery of the past forty years, as she questions and researches what jewellery means and what it could be. Walker largely positions her work around the history, the future and the boundaries of jewellery.
Lisa Walker returned from Munich in 2010 after 15 years as a jeweller/artist/designer, mostly working in the area of contemporary jewellery. She was a student of Professor Otto Kunzli at the Munich Arts Acadamy in Germany from 1995 – 2001 and was awarded Meisterschülerin/Head Student in 2001. She exhibits and is involved in projects in museums, galleries, and other venues in Europe, Japan, America, Australia, and New Zealand. She is regularly invited to teach workshops and give lectures in educational institutions around the world.
In 2010, Walker was also awarded the Françoise van den Bosch Prize which she describes as the Nobel Prize of the Contemporary Jewellery World.