Caroline Walker – Janet

Caroline Walker, Hettie Judah

Celebrated for her paintings of women in diverse contexts, from Los Angeles hotels to temporary social housing, Caroline Walker navigates subjects including the pay gap, the beauty industry, gender stereotypes, and ageism. Here she presents a body of work depicting the daily life of the artist's mother at the family home in Fife, Scotland.
Date Published :
November 2020
Publisher :
Anomie Publishing
Contributor(s) :
Joanna Deans, Peter Mallet
Illustration :
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781910221266
Pages : 152
Dimensions : 10.25 X 8.25 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Scotland-born, London-based artist Caroline Walker is celebrated for her paintings exploring the lives of women, from those living luxury lifestyles to those fleeing oppression. In this publication, which was produced to accompany Walker’s first exhibition with Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, in Fall 2020, the artist turns her attention closer to home, presenting a series of paintings in which the focus is the artist’s own mother, Janet, as she goes about her daily tasks: cooking, cleaning, tidying, and tending the garden of the Fife home where the artist spent her childhood.

The publication features a newly commissioned essay and an interview with the artist by critic and author Hettie Judah. The essay opens by comparing Walker’s works to the Dutch Golden Age, encouraging consideration of everyday domestic scenes. Judah then leads the reader through Walker’s latest series of works, exploring the daily routines and household chores that have filled Walker’s mother’s days for the past forty years, along with the artist’s treatment of these activities. Judah deftly locates this latest body of work within Walker’s wider practice, opening up discussion of women at work in different industries and notions of invisibility. She asserts: "While Janet extends Walker’s long-held interest in women’s work, the series is also a loving undertaking. The artist offers us her mother with great pride, both in particular, and on behalf of other mothers overlooked and working out of sight." The interview offers further insight into Walker’s thoughts in relation to the "Janet" series, and to the working processes behind it.

The publication features around eighty illustrations of the preparatory studies and paintings that comprise this new body of work. It has been designed by Joanna Deans, Identity, with photography by Peter Mallet. The publication was produced by Ingleby, Edinburgh, and printed by Die Keure, Bruges. It was co-published in 2020 by Ingleby and Anomie Publishing, London, in an edition of 1500 copies.

About The Author

Caroline Walker (b. 1982, Dunfermline, UK) currently lives and works in London, where she completed her MA at the Royal College of Art in 2009. Recent solo exhibitions include Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Grimm, Amsterdam and New York; Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles; Projectb, Milan, and Space K, Gwacheon. She has been included in numerous group shows including at Whitechapel Gallery, London; Milan Triennale; Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, and Walker Art gallery, Liverpool. Her work is included in international collections including the Saatchi Collection, London; the Franks-Suss Collection, London; ING Bank Collection, Netherlands; and the Kolon Art Collection, Korea.

Hettie Judah is chief art critic of the British daily newspaper The i, a regular contributor to The Guardian, The New York Times, Frieze, Art Quarterly, Numéro Art, and The Art Newspaper, and a contributing editor to The Plant. Recent publications include a short biography of Frida Kahlo (Laurence King, 2020) and Art London (ACC Art Books, 2019.)

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