St Marie φ Walker, are artist-researchers investigating the applied nature of human perception, belief, value and illusion via the creative process. Their interdisciplinary practice experiments with the influence of environmental spaces, participatory / relational art, active and latent economies, the prosthetic quality of objects, kinetics, new media, critical poetic thinking, semiotics, and the consequences of focused free dialogue. Their work is influenced by the study of philosophy and psychology, although their research and practice cross-sections differing disciplines, informing and hybridizing their formal outcomes. Their process of creation is an intersection of conceptualism, experience-based engagement, iterative creation and thoughtful absurd play.
Walker holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, while St Marie holds a BFA and a B.Ed from the University of Victoria and Western University respectively. In recent years they traveled to New York to live/work via the Keith & Win Shantz International Research Fellowship. At this time St Marie received funding from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada in support of her investigation into Social Currency. They were invited to contribute to the International research project on Social Practice led by the Manchester School of Art in 2018. Additionally St Marie φ Walker were dually awarded the Governor General’s Gold Metal in Fine Art for their academic achievements during their MFA at the University of Waterloo.
Their work has been included in art festivals and galleries such as CAFKA, Scoitabank Nuit Blanche, Art Souterrain, Parking Day (Mississauga), Art in Transit, Art Mur, Art Gallery of Windsor, Le Labo, Harbourfront Centre, Markham Museum, Whippersnapper, Art Gallery of Waterloo and Malaspina Printmakers.
They are currently completing the Artist in Residence for the City of Waterloo and their culminating research will be on display at LUMEN 2018.