Joe Warrior Walker
I am interested in how an image functions when removed from its original context. Reducing it to a level that oscillates between abstraction and figuration. A point where a picture can exist on two levels simultaneously, as an image as well as an abstract composition.
Paintings relationship to other media such as print, photography and film has continued to be a central concern within my practice. I try to explore this relationship by merging these different processes within the work, to create a conversation and possible confliction between the mediums. Thus making the process a core subject of the work. This fluctuation creates something that exists within the context of painting, film, collage and print. There is a strong crossover between the film work and the paintings. I see these works to be closer to the idea of a moving painting rather than that of a traditional film or video.
I tend to choose imagery sourced from the surrounding urban environment of London. Often incorporating elements of a contrasting setting, such as the familiar landscape of my previous home in Cornwall, or my travels across India. In this I try to form images that emphasize the digitalized aesthetic of a contemporary landscape.