January 7 - February 23, 2023
From Women and their Work:
““The true mark of a long acquaintance with a single place is a readiness to accept uncertainty. You must not seek complete knowledge” —Nan Shepherd, The Living Mountain
In her large-scale installation, Jade Walker uses color, weaving, rope, tools, notions of signage, and found objects to articulate questions around how we engage with our environment and the effect that this relationship has on our society.
Wayfinding asks: do we embed in our landscape or do we attain places to hold as our own? Influenced by the Modernist writer and poet, Nan Shepherd, nature writer and linguist, Robert Mcfarlane, and textiles as a form of universal language, Walker’s exhibition includes architectural interventions as well as intimate embellishments of familiar tools and found natural elements. Inquiries into our intentions for cohabitating with nature on this planet point directly to the need for wayfinding as we navigate the environment for ourselves and for future generations.
About the artist:
Jade Walker is a sculptor and an active member of the arts community 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 artwork consists of her personal struggle with spectatorship, binaries within gender and race, abstraction, narrative, found objects, desire, and the body as temporal. Her work has been included in solo exhibitions at the Elisabet Ney Museum, the Austin Museum of Art (now The Contemporary Austin), Blue Star Contemporary Arts, Dimension Gallery, Lawndale Art Center, and The Museum of Pocket Art.
Most recently, Walker has completed a Facebook Artist in Residency, participated in a group exhibition titled The Bartlett Project curated by Leslie Moody Castro and i know you are, but what am i? (De)Framing Identity and the Body curated by Jared Steffensen at The Museum of Contemporary Art Utah along with temporary commissions from the City of Austin and Big Medium. She also participated in a two-person exhibition at Art Fort Worth with artist Margaret Meehan and a group exhibition at ICOSA curated by Jill Schroeder in 2022.
About Women & Their Work:
Women & Their Work fosters the artistic growth of women artists by encouraging them to make new, adventurous work and develops audiences for whom contemporary art is meaningful. Our mission is to ensure that diverse women artists are equitably represented in all forms of art. For 44 years, Women & Their Work has been a cornerstone of the Austin arts community and has actively developed the careers of more than 1,900 women artists, presenting hundreds of visual art exhibitions, music, dance and theater events, film festivals and education programs. Nationally recognized for the quality of its work, Women & Their Work has played an important role in the development of the visual and performing arts in Texas.
For additional information, contact Jordan Nelsen, Gallery Director: [email protected]”
Reception: January 7, 2023 | 7–9 pm
1311 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, 78702 TexasGet directions