Artist of the month: Teresa Walker

Monday, February 1, 2021

The University of Waterloo Library is pleased to reintroduce Imaginarium — a place devoted to inspiring and realizing new artistic, scientific and philosophic pursuits. Each month of the winter 2021 term will feature one Imaginarium artist. Please enjoy this virtual exhibition.

Please note: Due to the provincial shutdown, Teresa Walker’s work will not be available for physical viewing. We recommend viewing her work on her Instagram or Facebook page. Teresa Walker is a member of the Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA), the Grand River Imaging & Photographic Society (GRIPS), the Kitchener-Waterloo Society of Artists, and Art$Pay.

February: Teresa Walker

Teresa Walker is our Artist of the Month for February. Her work is a study of nature, primarily focused on floral photography.

In A sunflower field, a summer’s day is captured. In her statement about this work, Walker writes, “I can feel the warmth of a summer's day as my mind wanders through the sunflower fields of southern France.” Sunflowers tilt their heads up to the sky, their stalks and direction of flowers brings the viewer’s eyes up to where the sun is kept just out of the frame. The viewer is invited to imagine themselves in this warm sunflower field in France.

My water lily dream by Teresa WalkerWhere A sunflower field brings the viewer to a place, her second work, Mon rêve de nénuphar [My water lily dream] brings the viewer to Walker’s dreams. In her statement about this work, Walker shares, “My dreams take me to Claude Monet's garden in Giverny, France to capture a vision of his famous water lily.” You can’t help but be drawn into this work. The detail of the flower’s centre is contrasted with the dreamy, soft haze of violet petals and highlighted with light seeming to come from within the flower itself.

With these works, Teresa Walker invites the viewer on two different journeys, the memory of a warm summer and an artist-inspired dream.

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