Maria Walker is a contemporary artist who explores the concept of embodiment and memory through a variety of media and techniques, but which often involve using textiles or which reference textile techniques and technologies due to their innate tactility and flexibility.
Her earlier practice centred around memory and narratives and she told the stories of ordinary people in her textile work and installations. She was concerned with the traces people leave behind through an exploration of personal objects and clothing which often evoke personal and cultural memories. Her exhibition "The Lightfoot Letters" was inspired by a bundle of old letters she found and tells the story of a working class family in Widnes in the 1920's.
Recently 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
Saltaire Arts Trail 2016, Open Houses, May 2016
Factory, PS Mirabel Studios, Manchester, May to June 2016
Migrate A6, A6 Dialogue at Cross Street Arts, April to May 2016
WCAF2015, Warrington Oct to Nov 2015
All About Drawing, The Gallery at Bank Quay House,Warrington May to July 2015
Testing Space, The Pyramid, Warrington. May to July 2015
Host, The Gallery at Bank Quay House, Feb to April 2015
Cross Street Arts, The World of Glass, St Helens. Jan to Feb 2015
Perspectives, Weaver Hall Museum, Northwich. Jan to Apr 2015
All About Drawing, Cross Street Gallery, Standish. Nov 2014 to Jan 2015
Open Studios Exhibition. Cross Street Gallery, Standish. Oct to Nov 2014
MA Fine Art Show University of Chester October 2014
Cabinets of Curiosity (Markmakers). Liverpool Independents Biennial, Albert Dock Sept 2014
Loop: Maria Walker and Estelle Woolley Chester Film Coop August 2014
World War 1, Royal Exchange Craft Centre, Manchester May 2014
Open Market, UnDEGun, Wrexham, Nov to Dec 2013
Above and Below- Woodland exhibition, University of Chester Sep to Oct 2013
Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival 2012 and 2013
Tech Styles, Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Cheshire, Sept 2013 to Nov 2013
'Reflective Stories' The Holden Gallery, Manchester School of Art. Nov/ Dec 2008 and CASC 2012
Lightfoot Letters Exhibition
Llandudno Library, Llandudno.Nov 2014 to Dec 2014
Stanza Poetry Festival, St Andrews, Scotland, March 2014
Waterside Art Centre, Sale, Manchester, May/ Sept 2013
Visual Arts Cheshire Gallery, Northwich, Feb /Mar 2013
The Brindley, Runcorn, Aug /Sept 2011
Residencies and Symposia
Honorary Curator, Cabinet of Curiosity Project, Warrington Museum, 2013 ongoing
Artist is Residence Cross Street Arts Standish Jan 2014 to June 2014
Talk at Textile Stories Symposium, University of Chester, June 2013
Artist Residency. East Cheshire Council June 2010
Maria is an artist at Cross Street Arts and is member of the international group Stitching Science. 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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