JOE WARRIOR-WALKER

JOE WARRIOR-WALKER

Joe Warrior-Walker, Ground From Granite, 120x160cm, pigment brut, craie et huile sur toile, 2022 ©Jo Hounsome

Chalkland

SEPTIEME Gallery, Paris

09.13 – 11.12.2022

The term Chalkland is used to describe the characteristic landscape in southern England where chalk is exposed at the surface. Inspired in part by references within the work to these rural environments, as well as the chalk and raw pigments used to create the paintings, the work describes a journey through the interwoven landscapes of Warrior-Walker’s dual heritage. Childhood memories of his mother’s native India are entwined with those of his native Cornwall, bringing to the surface an interspace where dualities merge and multiple landscapes become one.

Warrior-Walker’s paintings suggest the memory of a half-forgotten place or experience, a moment in time. The canvases are intuitively layered with chalk and raw Indian pigment, creating a dense surface with thick textures and thin washes that allude to an internal space and perspective. The pictures thus retain traces of something tangible, while being reduced to a level that oscillates between abstraction and figuration.

Valleys, ridges, cliffs and streams appear to be suggested, but never directly illustrated. This sets up an imaginative dialogue with the viewer. Looking at one of Warrior-Walker’s paintings is like recalling a dream or distant memory; we are both in movement and standing still, aware of the physical space around us yet absent.

It is a sensation akin to that right before awakening, when still asleep but aware that one is dreaming. It is an in-between, liminal space, one particularly familiar to those of us of multiple heritages, but one in fact known to us all, of always being neither here nor there.