Maria Walker is an artist who explores the human body and the experience of being human through her stitched work and sculptures. Her background in embroidery informs her contemporary practice, as textile process and technologies are forever present in her work. In particular stitch underpins much of her practice although the materials she uses to stitch can range from embroidering fine silks onto linen napkins, to stitching car tyres with thick rope and copper piping as she did during her MA in Fine Art.
Her initial interest in memory and narratives led her to recount stories of ordinary people in her textile work and installations using stitched text and images. She was concerned with the traces people leave behind through an exploration of personal objects and clothing. Her solo exhibition "The Lightfoot Letters" is a collection of over 60 pieces of work and was inspired by a bundle of old letters, which tell the story of a working class family in Widnes in the 1920's.
After obtaining a MA in Fine Art she has developed her fine art practice and explores similar themes in her large scale, abstract sculptural work. Her organic looping structures, emerge from a combination of a process- led approach and relationship with materials, and her ongoing academic research and interest in the human body.
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MA in Fine Art University of Chester 2014
Prism, Hoxton Arches Gallery, London, Transient, 2018
Ordsall Hall, Salford, Interval 1.1, 2018
The Gallery at St Georges House, Bolton, Landmarks 2017
Sunny Bank Mills, West Yorkshire, Weave:fragments,2017
Cross Street Arts, Nasty Women Wigan, 2017
The Brindley, Runcorn, Landmarks and Boundaries, 2016
Saltaire Arts Trail, Open Houses, 2016
Mirabel Studios Manchester, Factory, 2016
A6 Dialogue at Cross Street Arts, Migrate, 2016
Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, 2015
The Gallery at Bank Quay House,Warrington, All about Drawing, 2015
The Pyramid, Warrington, Testing Space, 2015
The Gallery at Bank Quay House, Host,2015
Cross Street Arts, The World of Glass, St Helens. 2015
Weaver Hall Museum, Northwich. Perspectives, 2015
All About Drawing, Cross Street Gallery, Standish.2015
MA Fine Art Show University of Chester October 2014
Cabinets of Curiosity. Liverpool Independents Biennial, Albert Dock 2014
Loop: Maria Walker and Estelle Woolley Chester Film Coop 2014
World War 1, Royal Exchange Craft Centre, Manchester 2014
Open Market, UnDEGun, Wrexham, 2013
Above and Below- Woodland exhibition, University of Chester 2013
Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival 2012 and 2013
Tech Styles, Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Cheshire, 2013
'Reflective Stories' The Holden Gallery, Manchester School of Art 2008 and CASC 2012
Lightfoot Letters Exhibition
Clotworthy House, County Antrim, 2017
Salford Art Gallery 2016
Llandudno Library, Llandudno. 2014
Stanza Poetry Festival, St Andrews, Scotland, 2014
Waterside Art Centre, Sale, Manchester, 2013
Visual Arts Cheshire Gallery, Northwich, 2013
The Brindley, Runcorn, 2011
Residencies and Symposia
Honorary Curator, Cabinet of Curiosity Project, Warrington Museum, 2013
Artist is Residence Cross Street Arts Standish 2014
Talk at Textile Stories Symposium, University of Chester 2013
Artist Residency. East Cheshire Council 2010
Maria is an artist at Cross Street Arts and is member of the international group Prism Textiles. She also runs workshops and gives talks to groups.
Please contact her via the contact form on this website for more information.
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