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Carrie Walker
updated: 01/21/2012
website: www.carriewalker.ca
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Unsightly and unmanageable.
Until the baby elephant learns muscle control.
A distinctive display known as rushing.
This is a condition.
When and where to go.
The only real difference.
A constant forager.
They have no independent means.
Lethargic and silent.
More differences than similarities.
In areas where they are persecuted.
If neither gives way...
Not prepared to live peacefully.
The body is massive.
Threats displays are often highly exagerated.
 
Portfolio Keywords:  surreal, animals, nature, landscape, collaborative
 
 
Unsightly and unmanageable. by Carrie Walker
Unsightly and unmanageable.
gouache on found painting
2011
5" x  7" 
Until the baby elephant learns muscle control. by Carrie Walker
Until the baby elephant learns muscle control.
gouache and ink on found drawing
2010
3.5" x  5" 
A distinctive display known as rushing. by Carrie Walker
A distinctive display known as rushing.
pencil on found drawing
2008
9 1/4" x  11 3/4" 
This is a condition. by Carrie Walker
This is a condition.
gouache on found drawing
2010
5.5" x  8.75" 
When and where to go. by Carrie Walker
When and where to go.
gouache on found drawing
2011
6.75" x  9.75" 
The only real difference. by Carrie Walker
The only real difference.
gouache on found drawing
2011
6.75" x  10" 
A constant forager. by Carrie Walker
A constant forager.
gouache on found painting
2011
7.5" x  12.25" 
They have no independent means. by Carrie Walker
They have no independent means.
gouache on found painting
2011
5" x  6.5" 
Lethargic and silent. by Carrie Walker
Lethargic and silent.
gouache on found painting
2011
8.5" x  11.5" 
More differences than similarities. by Carrie Walker
More differences than similarities.
gouache on found painting
2011
4.5" x  7" 
In areas where they are persecuted. by Carrie Walker
In areas where they are persecuted.
gouache on found drawing
2011
8" x  12.75" 
If neither gives way... by Carrie Walker
If neither gives way...
pencil on found drawing
2010
5.5" x  9" 
Not prepared to live peacefully. by Carrie Walker
Not prepared to live peacefully.
gouache on found painting
2011
7" x  9" 
The body is massive. by Carrie Walker
The body is massive.
watercolour on found drawing
2010
5" x  7.5" 
Threats displays are often highly exagerated. by Carrie Walker
Threats displays are often highly exagerated.
gouache on found painting
2010
7" x  9.75" 

Artist Statement

 

The Storybooks Have Been Unfair
   
    This project is a collaboration with unwitting partners. It began with an old, skinny, ring-bound sketchbook that I purchased in a thrift store in Chilliwack. Its pages were filled with faint pencil drawings of mountains, trees, streams and solitary cabins as well as quaint montages of windmills, water pumps, birds on branches and arched stone bridges. Contemplating these sketches I decided that these somewhat impoverished landscapes required life. With a disregard for plausibility, I started drawing animals into the scenes - a falcon perched, wings outspread, on a bridge over a small town; a bighorn sheep the size of the cabin it stands beside; prairie dogs calling to one another across a brook in the forest.
    I enjoyed this collaboration enough that I began to search out other drawings with which to meddle. Ebay proved to be a fair source of drawings. Limiting my purchases to landscapes in pencil and watercolour under twenty-five dollars, small packages of drawings began arriving in the mail and I continued with my work. The images I've collected range greatly in quality and style and are dated from as far back as 1850 through to present day.
    This project is a type of rescue. At less than twenty-five dollars a piece, I consider the drawings I am working with to have been more or less discarded and my reworking of them to be an act of rehabilitation. Using the existing landscapes as a springboard, I apply pencil and paint. The animals that I have added to the landscapes have been put there both out of context and out of scale. The resulting drawings act as fragments of fantastical narratives, of stories half told.

Artist Bio / CV

 

Education

2002         

BFA, School of Visual Arts, Emily Carr Institute,  Vancouver, Canada


Solo Exhibitions

2011

Fireworks , Trench Contemporary Art, Vancouver, Canada

2009

The storybooks have been unfair, Kristi Engle Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

To while away the time, Jeffrey Boone Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2007

The storybooks have been unfair, Bjornson Kajiwara, Vancouver, Canada

2006

You may know Carrie from her vibrant presence, Kristi Engle Gallery

2005

Will fight if cornered, Kristi Engle Gallery

2004

The best they can do is hiss and grunt, The Common Room, Toronto, Canada
The chicks are doing fine without their mother,  ZieherSmith Gallery, New York City, USA

 
Group Exhibitions

2011

Monomania, Trench Contemporary Art, Vancouver, Canada

2009

Redrawn, Jeffrey Boone Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2006

Nocturnes, Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

The Portrait Show, Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2005

The Observatory, Vol.I, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, England
The Drawing Room, Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2004

Important Canadian Art, ZieherSmith Gallery, New York City, USA

2003

Florafauna, Third Avenue Gallery, Vancouver, Canada


Collections

Art Bank of Canada


Awards

2008        BC Arts Council Grant


Bibliography

"Goings on About Town." The New Yorker. July 26, 2004. p. 17.
Henderson, Lee. “Head Count:  the Drawings of Carrie Walker.” Border Crossings. Issue no. 97. Spring 2006. p. 94-102.
Heth, Shannon. "Wild Kingdom." Monte Cristo. Spring 2009. p. 63
Laurence, Robin. “The Drawing Room.” The Georgia Straight. July 28, 2005.
O’Leary, Sara. “Adventures in Cutting and Folding.” The Vancouver Sun. Oct. 30,1999.
Pearce, Tralee. "The Common Room." The Globe and Mail. October 16, 2004. M4.
“The Storybooks Have Been Unfair.” Front Magazine. Nov/Dec 2008. p. 9-10.