Distillations explores a new direction in Emma Walkers practice. A stripped back reflective exhibition conceived from a time when the world was turned upside down and uncertainty was a world-wide collective known.

Exhibition Opening: Emma Walker Distillations  

Distillations is a new and exciting exhibition by artist Emma Walker.

“The works in this exhibition are the expressions of a woman who, after years of struggle, has come to feel at peace with herself and the world in which she exists.  It is an invitation for the viewer to move slowly, to observe quietly, to step away for a few moments and experience stillness and that space that we all have within us, the sanctuary that is our true home.” Emma Walker

In 2020 Artist Emma Walker was invited to be apart of the Glasshouse Regional Gallery's ‘artist in residence program’. An initiative that provides time and space for artists to create and explore new ideas in our local area, to then form part of a new exhibition in the following year.

This residency fell on the cusp of ‘uncertainty’, where the world as we knew it was turned upside down. Galleries and artists alike were in the dark, quite literally. Doors to galleries were shut, artists exhibitions cancelled or put on pause… all of us holding our breaths and trying to imagine what our future may bring.

Distillations is a visual recognition of Emma’s personal journey through this dark period. This new and exciting exhibition is filled with discovery, contemplation and new beginnings.

EMMA WALKER -  Artist in Residence Exhibition: Distillations
On view 8 May - 11 July 2021

Artist Biography

Emma Walker consistently and evocatively engages with both the natural world and the world within.  Her works emerge slowly and intuitively through a range of experimental processes. Carving, sanding, layering, grinding, glazing, dripping and scratching into plywood, the artist creates unique hybrid works that straddle the media of sculpture and painting. Her practice has grown to incorporate video work in which she collaborates with digital media artist Grayson Cooke. 

Walker’s objective has never been to depict but to evoke. Whether it be a sense of place, an atmosphere, a feeling or memory. Her work references the natural environment, philosophy, science and the ineffable nature of that which lies beneath the surface of appearances.  The techniques that she employs: of painting in layers, obscuring and revealing, addition and erasure, all reflect the thought processes and ideas that underpin her work. 

Walker has been exhibiting for over thirty years. Her career has enjoyed the strong support of patrons Ann Lewis AO, Nick Waterlow, OAM and Julian Beaumont OAM. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School, Sydney and attended the Academia Di Belle Arti, Perugia and has travelled extensively. She has been a finalist in numerous prizes and winner of the prestigious Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (2014) and joint winner of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize in 2020. Walker has held numerous exhibitions in both Sydney and Melbourne and her work features in several major public and corporate collections including Macquarie Bank, Australian Club, Lismore Regional Gallery, Tweed Regional Gallery, Gold Coast Regional Gallery and Tamworth Regional Gallery, in addition to various private collections in Australia, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, the UK and the US. Emma Walker is represented by Arthouse Gallery, Sydney and Gallerysmith in Melbourne. 

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Related events:

Exhibition Opening
6pm, 7 May 2021

Emma Walker Artist Talk
11am, 8 May 2021

Mark Making Workshop
9am, 12 June 2021


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