Lisa Walker: She wants to go to her bedroom but she can’t be bothered
She wants to go to her bedroom but she can’t be bothered is a retrospective of the practice of New Zealand jeweller Lisa Walker taking place at RMIT Design Hub.
Lisa’s vast body of work is a career-length conversation with the question: is this jewellery? So much of what we want to say about the medium and the discipline of jewellery can be found in her work: it is simultaneously wearable and unwearable, precious and non-precious, skilfully and not skilfully made; it is in dialogue with jewellery’s past as well as current social and political issues and, sometimes, it strives to be meaningless.
Lisa’s jewellery is controversial in many of the moves it makes, but now, nearly 30 years after she began making work, Lisa’s radical gestures are the establishment. This retrospective tracks how Lisa’s research practice continues to query the tools, methods and materials for making jewellery, and how it appropriates and transforms its multiple influences. Lisa’s research practice, positioned around the history, future and boundaries of jewellery, takes us into the realm of extremes with the aim of making jewellery, and our encounter of it, more alive.
She wants to go to her bedroom but she can’t be bothered and All the Jewellery are accompanied by a publication designed by Ziga Testen.
Exhibition design: Lisa Walker
Graphic design: Ziga Testen
Image courtesy of Lisa Walker.