NARA WALKER

Nara Walker was born in 1990 in Australia; she works as a multidisciplinary artist.

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BIO

NW was brought up with the spirit of expression and truth-seeking at the centre of her heart. Her personal life became a controversial media stir when NW defended herself as a survivor of intimate partner violence (2017). Co-founder of the ‘RVK (Reykjavik) Feminist Film Festival’ and as one of the nine women to sue the Icelandic state at the ECHR (in reference to the Istanbul Convention - combating gender-based violence) - Nara Walker is a modern-day living artist who applies her life skills and creative endeavours in unconventional ways that intertwine as one for audiences to collect within the experience.


NW works as a professional artist. Her work has been exhibited at renowned galleries such as 'Woman Made Gallery' (USA) and ‘Mine Sanat Galerisi' (Turkey). Exhibiting to date in thirteen countries, her work has a diverse audience and is enjoyed by collectors and gallery-goers. Selected works are held in several public collections, including 'The National Parliament Library of Tbilisi' (Georgia) and ‘Gallery City Museum of Aveiro’ (Portugal). As a finalist in a number of awards, her work has exhibited as a finalist in the 'Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize' and ‘Connect to Colour, Summer Art Award’ (the UK, 2015). NW has taken part in a handful of artist residencies across Iceland, Mtskheta, London, and Berlin. Dedicated to developing her art practice, NW completed her BFA in 2012 and continued with an Honours year at Griffith University (Australia) in 2013. Her debut appearance as a performance artist was during the ‘Venice Biennale’ in the official program 2015. She has continued to transform her art practice through varied mediums that at times cross-pollinate.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Nara Walker offers a space for those who resonate with her expression and story; her art practice is often formed from an autobiographical point of view. Conveying difficult subjects such as; human behaviour, archetypes, sexuality, sensuality, intimate partner violence, and systematic mistreatment. Nara Walker explores the tension - resistance - freedom - triumph between these topics and the artists' mark. In so, commenting on social constructs and expressively referencing identity through varied mediums. Nara Walker is an alumnus of Griffith University (QCA) Australia, she works as a multidisciplinary artist within structured chaos, channelling the spirit into a tactile space; painting and performance-based art are her main points of focus; her practice also draws upon writing, video-based art, photography and evocative drawing.

Nara Walker is an activist for women's rights both in her career and personal life.