LISA WALKER was born in 1967 in Wellington, Aotearoa. She studied Craft and Design at Otago Polytech Art School and in the early 90s became a founding member of the "Workshop 6" jewellery collective in Auckland. From there, Lisa made her way across the globe to Munich where she was able to further develop her ecclectic and inquisitive approach to jewellery under the tutelage of Professor Otto Kunzli at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. She has been a full-time practicing jeweller in Munich since then, and in 2009, she returned to Aotearoa with her family and has settled back in Wellington.
Walker has received recognition for her work as the recipient of various awards and scholarships. In 2010 she was awarded the Francoise van den Bosch prize for work of an outstanding quality that influences and appeals to younger generations of artists internationally.
Exhibiting in numerous solo and group jewellery exhibitions around the world, she has also taken part in significant exhibitions in public galleries.
Walker also regularly teaches workshops and presents guest lectures around the world. She has been the subject of a number of articles and publications and a retrospective glimpse of her work is presented in “Unwearable” (Darling Publications, 2008) and “Unwearable Appendix” (2009).
Working in a large range of materials and techniques, "I make reactionary work, consciously active with influences from all walks of culture and life. The pieces are often laced with references to contemporary jewellery of the last 40 years, questioning and researching what jewellery means, what it can be.” Lisa Walker
Of her work:
"It can be a strange experience viewing Lisa Walker’s work from the perspective of New Zealand, her home country. Like the rest of the contemporary jewellery scene, we find her jewellery to be a challenge to our expectations and presumptions of what jewellery is. Her attack on the notion of permanence and the lingering expectations that jewellery should adorn and beautify the owner / wearer is ferocious and sometimes audacious, and, if you can accept it’s terms, kind of thrilling…" (Damian Skinner, 2009)