Lisa Walker was born in 1967 in Wellington, New Zealand, She studied Craft and Design at Otago Poltechnic Art School in Dunedin from 1988-89. After travelling for two years around Australia, Great Britain and Asia, establishing small workshops as she went, she returned to New Zealand and founded Workshop 6 with other jewellers in Auckland. From 1995-2001 she was a student of Otto Künzli at the Akadamie der Bildenden Künste in Munich, Germany. She established her studio in Munich from 2002-2009, returning to Wellington in 2009 where she is still currently based.
She has exhibited widely in galleries and museums internationally and has work in many international collections. She has received numerous awards and prizes including Foerderpreis der Stadt Muenchen in 2007, the Francoise van den Bosch Award in 2009 and the Arts Laureate Award of the New Zealand Arts Foundation in 2015.
“I research the differences between an acceptable notion of beauty or stereo-type, and something else – the search for an aesthetic that we hardly ever see, but nevertheless perhaps recognise. I don't want to make pieces that are easily steered through our established channels, I want people to be forced to work on new syllogisms, analogies and positions. I am continually pushing towards the extreme, and see this is a method which enables an expansion in thinking and ways of working.
I use 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 forty years, questioning and researching what jewellery means, what it can be.
I position my work around the history, future, and boundaries of jewellery. I make pieces for the future. Everything is food for art”.