Little Soldiers: New Work by Jade Walker opens January 10th and runs through February 10th. Little Soldiers, is part one of a two-part exhibition investigating the human body in collision with disease. The concept of healing runs deep through the exhibition.
What are you working on now?
I will have a solo exhibition at Dimension Gallery January 2019 and again in 2020 plus a solo exhibition at Women and Their Work in the fall of 2020.
What draws you to your medium?
I find the tactile feel of fabric a bit of a seduction. This is paired with a history of textile work in my lineage as well as my attraction to the act of stitching. My studio practice is also my path to exploring the connection (and sometimes disconnection) I have to my body and feats is can perform such as healing, aging, and childbearing. I love the challenge of incorporating found objects as a way to share more content as well. Many times, a piece starts with a found object and the rest of the installation follows along.
How long have you been an artist and how your practice changed over time?
I have been making art most of my life but my first love was fashion design. As I girl, I remember the joy of making my own clothes from my grandmother’s scraps. I find that building sculptures and tailoring garments still goes hand in hand in my studio.
In your opinion, what does the Austin arts community need as the city continues to grow?
Austin is blooming and many good artists are finding this a place to happily balance an active life and studio practice. If the collectors that also make Austin their home would take notice and buy from their own backyards, support their local galleries and curators, I think Austin could be a great visual arts city. Many do this and I see how that strengthens the community. This is paired with our desperate need for affordable studio space. Lastly, our city leaders are recognizing the need to support the energy that makes Austin the place we love, my hope is that this support continues so that we remain a dynamic and creative community.
Jade Walker is a sculptor living in Austin, Texas. She received her BFA from the University of Florida and her MFA from The University of Texas at Austin. Walker’s soft sculptures consist of her personal struggle with spectatorship, binaries within gender, abstraction, narrative, found objects, desire, and the body as temporal. Her work has been included in solo exhibitions at Austin Museum of Art (now The Contemporary Austin), Blue Star Contemporary Arts, Lawndale Art Center, and the University Art Galleries Texas State.
Walker formerly held the position of director at the Visual Arts Center at The University of Texas at Austin, curator at the Courtyard Gallery in the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, and interim executive director of Art Alliance Austin. Since 2014, she has been an active member of the Art in Public Places Panel for the City of Austin.:
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