Iconoclastic, intuitive and impetuous, Lisa Walker challenges traditional notions about jewellery and questions what it is and what it can be. With an open yet rigorous approach, she works with found objects, precious materials, abandoned bits and bobs, combining and transforming them to create jewellery that questions its very nature, reconsiders its own answers and explores relationships to art, culture and society. ‘Everything is food for art’, she says.
Lisa Walker was born in Wellington in New Zealand in 1967. She studied at Otago Polytechnic Art School in Dunedin and then under Otto Künzli at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich. Lisa has won numerous awards, including New Zealand’s Arts Foundation Laureate in 2015. Her work is exhibited internationally and held in many collections, including Te Papa Tongarewa and Auckland Museum in New Zealand, Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim and Die Neue Sammlung in Germany, CODA Museum in the Netherlands and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.