Lyndal Walker's solo practice has been concerned with themes of gender, identity, time and fashion. The nature of images and the process of looking are core conceptual concerns that pervade her photographs and installations. She is concerned with the role of photographs in our lives and her works have often confused the nature of objects and images. Challenging gender stereotypes and exploring fluidity have been an aspect of her practice for many years. She has used fashion accessories to interrogate personal identity and retail interior design tropes such as changing rooms and mirrors, to consider personal and collective transformation.
In 2016 she had the Künstlerhaus Bethanien residency in Berlin. This year she had a solo exhibition at Weserhalle Berlin where she exhibited her first video, which she made at Bethanien. During the residency she also developed a project with painter Tony Clark, which will be published as a book this year. In 2017 she had her second solo exhibition at hangmenProejcts, Stockholm with ‘Changing Room’ which received a very positive review in the Nordic region’s most important contemporary art journal. In 2015 she had a residency at the NKF in Stockholm where she made ‘The Artists Model’. This series was a feature of ‘Unfinished Business’ at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne.
Walker also has a writing practice that includes essays, memoir, social commentary and academic papers. She has participated in conferences including the 2014 ‘Fashion in Fiction’ Symposium at The City University of Hong Kong; Non-Fiction Now at RMIT in 2012 and her work has been published in academic journals including Meanjin and The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture. She has also curated exhibitions including ‘Girls Girls Girls’ in 2008 and ‘Snow-dropping in the concept store’ in 2004.
Between 2004 and 2017, Walker was a member of ‘The Hotham Street Ladies’ who do food inspired projects ranging from recipe books to installations and cake decoration to street art. Their installation ‘At Home With the Hotham Street Ladies’ was one of the hits of the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition ‘Melbourne Now’.
In 1994 Walker was one of a group who began ‘1st Floor Artists And Writers Space’ which ran until 2003 and was an important part of the gallery scene at the time. Artists including Kate Beynon, David Rosetzky, Darren Sylvester, Ricky Swallow, Nat and Ali, David Noonan and Kathy Temin exhibited at 1st Floor. Walker was also one of the founding members of ‘Citylights’ a 24-hour public gallery in light boxes. She was a member of the board and programming committees of West Space from 2011 to 2015.
Her work has been published and written about in publications including Frieze, Art & Text and Artforum as well as numerous Australian newspapers and magazines. In 2009 her practice was featured in a profile for the ABC’s ‘Art Nation’. Walker has lectured at Universities including Monash, RMIT and the Victorian College of the Arts.
Lyndal walker lives in Berlin and Melbourne.