Scottish painter Caroline Walker depicts moments of stillness: views of private spaces through windows and doors, the unexpected scenes we encounter as we walk around the busy public spaces of the city. The role of voyeur, familiar from photography, is given a different dimension through what Walker—now based in London—calls the “active” gesture of painting. Often, she tackles the unseen, under-acknowledged work undertaken by women, hinting at their stories, showing intimate moments where, caught off-guard or aware of the gaze of another, our public and private personas merge, and our inner vulnerability is visible.
“I’m a passive observer. The painting is always placed from the perspective of an outsider looking in.”