Maria Walker: Interview

Maria Walker, Summer - Summer Solstice, 2011-12, acrylic, unprimed canvas, wood,
Maria Walker, Summer - Summer Solstice, 2011-12, acrylic, unprimed canvas, wood, 65.5 x 49 inches (courtesy of the artist)

Michael Rutherford talks to artist Maria Walker about her work.

Rutherford writes: "Altered stretcher bars, torqued and triangulated planes, backs as fronts - the work of Maria Walker is a lesson in harmonizing tradition and experimentation... She has pushed her materials and flowed with them in order to elicit a distinctive sense of aesthetic truth. Many of her paintings involve dense soakings of pigment while others have a reworking of the stretchers that gives them the ability to stand on their own without being wall-mounted. A few pieces involve no canvas at all, which obviously changes how they’re approached and perceived. Through all this exploration, there’s a sense of sureness that surrounds what I consider challenging and thoughtful work."