Laurie Walker A Portrait of the Artist as a Wave

Date(s): Nov 4 to Dec 10 2000

Exhibition

Laurie Walker, vue de l’exposition A Portrait of the Artist as a Wave, 2000. Photo : John McInnis

Since the late 1980s Laurie Walker has developed a singular body of work. The large sculptures and drawings she has produced since that time have been nourished by interrogations concerning the forces of nature, spirituality and science. Her works explore the power of transformation and provide precise and paradoxically mysterious observations.

The installation at OBORO takes us into the world of sleep, inviting us to consider some of its phenomena. The projections and the drawings that form the work speak of the physiological activities taking place during
sleep and establish correspondences between energy and the invisible activities of the mind. In a concreteway, A Portrait of the Artist as a Wave is an interaction of light and water waves with patterns of the artist’s brain waves. In the words of the artist: “The work acts as a meditation on the flux of time and the nature of the wave while representing the mind as both scientific data and subjective imagery.”

Laurie Walker, vue de l’exposition A Portrait of the Artist as a Wave, 2000. Photo : John McInnis

Laurie Walker received her MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1987. Since then she has participated in numerous exhibitions. In Montréal her work has been shown regularly at Galerie Christiane Chassay. In 1994 Walker exhibited a large installation at the Musée d’art contemporain and in 1999 presented a new body of work at Optica. Her work has also been included in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, notably at the Edmonton Art Gallery, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, and Oakville Galleries. Laurie Walker lives and works in Montréal.