Caroline Walker: Lisa

Caroline Walker: Lisa

29 April - 28 May 2022
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Overview

Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present its first solo exhibition with Caroline Walker.

The British artist presents a new body of work that traces the daily life of her sister-in-law Lisa as she becomes a mother. Walker’s cinematic paintings and works on paper reveal the diverse experiences of women living in contemporary society. Drawing on photographic source material, her paintings blur the boundary between objective documentary and personal experience.

The exhibition explores Lisa’s new responsibilities as a mother through the routines of her domestic life. Walker captures the changes she experiences four weeks before giving birth up until the baby reaches three months old. The house is mapped through everyday tasks; we see Lisa pack a bag for the hospital, watch television whilst feeding the baby, and fold items of clothing into a drawer. Cups and plates collect on a coffee table whilst she entertains the new arrival, and studies of night feeds present a particularly intimate ‘through the keyhole’ insight.

Walker begins her artistic process by shadowing her subject, photographing distinctive moments from their daily life. Using these images as a reference she creates loose pencil and charcoal drawings, technical compositions, and oil sketches. Her paintings are then produced freehand working from the drawings and photographs. She underpaints in acrylic before working over in oils to produce small works on board as well as larger canvases. Walker explains that the works "combine a factual record of something that [the source] photographs represent, and my memories or emotional response to being in a particular place or spending time with the people I paint”.

Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present its first solo exhibition with Caroline Walker.

The British artist presents a new body of work that traces the daily life of her sister-in-law Lisa as she becomes a mother. Walker’s cinematic paintings and works on paper reveal the diverse experiences of women living in contemporary society. Drawing on photographic source material, her paintings blur the boundary between objective documentary and personal experience.

The exhibition explores Lisa’s new responsibilities as a mother through the routines of her domestic life. Walker captures the changes she experiences four weeks before giving birth up until the baby reaches three months old. The house is mapped through everyday tasks; we see Lisa pack a bag for the hospital, watch television whilst feeding the baby, and fold items of clothing into a drawer. Cups and plates collect on a coffee table whilst she entertains the new arrival, and studies of night feeds present a particularly intimate ‘through the keyhole’ insight.

Walker begins her artistic process by shadowing her subject, photographing distinctive moments from their daily life. Using these images as a reference she creates loose pencil and charcoal drawings, technical compositions, and oil sketches. Her paintings are then produced freehand working from the drawings and photographs. She underpaints in acrylic before working over in oils to produce small works on board as well as larger canvases. Walker explains that the works "combine a factual record of something that [the source] photographs represent, and my memories or emotional response to being in a particular place or spending time with the people I paint”.

‘Lisa’ echoes the themes of Walker’s presentation for Fitzrovia Chapel, London in February 2022, which brought together works made during her residency at University College Hospital’s maternity wing. A previous series ‘Janet’ saw the artist capture her mother completing daily tasks around the home.

These projects continue Walker’s focus on the often-overlooked jobs performed by women and the psychologically charged spaces they inhabit. From anonymous to highly personal portrayals of those closer to her, Walker’s paintings explore the value of ‘women’s work’ whilst hinting at the subjects’ inner lives.

To coincide with London Gallery Weekend, join us at 12 noon on Friday 13 May for an exhibition walkthrough from Caroline Walker. This is a free event and spaces are strictly limited, please RSVP to events@stephenfriedman.com.

Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present its first solo exhibition with Caroline Walker.

Opening hours

Tuesday–Friday, 10am–6pm Saturday, 11am–5pm

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Film by Max One Films

Installation Views

<div class="artist">Caroline Walker</div><div class="title_and_year"><span class="title">Study for Refreshments</span><span class="year">, 2022</span></div>
<div class="artist">Caroline Walker</div><div class="title_and_year"><span class="title">Study for Spritz for Bitz</span><span class="year">, 2022</span></div>
<div class="artist">Caroline Walker</div><div class="title_and_year"><span class="title">Study for Roundmoor Drive</span><span class="year">, 2022</span></div>
<div class="artist">Caroline Walker</div><div class="title_and_year"><span class="title">Study for Repose</span><span class="year">, 2022</span></div>
<div class="artist">Caroline Walker</div><div class="title_and_year"><span class="title">Study for Dishes</span><span class="year">, 2022</span></div>

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