Caroline Walker’s paintings depict intimate scenes featuring women in a range of settings to explore the boundaries between public and private, labour and care. Her works hint at narrative possibilities but stories are never fully revealed. They document the myriad cultural, social and political factors that affect women’s lives.
In 2017, Walker collaborated with the charity Women for Refugee Women to make a series of paintings of refugees and asylum seekers. Joy, 11am, Hackney, 2017, features Joy, who was granted refugee status in the UK after she was trafficked and abused, at home in the bathroom of her council house in London. Part of the wider series Home, it is a serene, domestic tableau. The artist’s process begins by spending time with her subject and taking multiple photographs. Walker considers this mode of collaboration as transformative to her practice because it involves such a personal level of engagement.
- Artwork Details: 43 x 35cm
- Material description: Oil on board
- Credit line: © the artist. Image courtesy of the artist and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
- Medium: Painting
- Accession number: ACC18/2020