Joy Walker is an artist originally from Montreal, living and working in Toronto. She studied textile design at OCAD and for over 20 years, has designed and produced printed textiles for retailers and design consultants throughout Canada and the U.S. Her artwork reflects her interest in pattern, repetition, geometrics and the ephemeral using a variety of methods including printing, photography, drawing, stitching and cutting. Joy’s work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions and is included in private and public collections. She is also the programmer of *QueenSpecific, a window exhibition space on Queen St. West in Toronto displaying site-specific art installations. She is represented by MKG127 gallery in Toronto.
The Visiting Artist Program at Open Studio gave me the opportunity to realize a large-scale screenprint project that would have been impossible to carry out in my own studio. The generous access to the printing facilities at OS and the technical assistance provided by Nadine Bariteau were crucial to the success of this project. The VA program culminates in an exhibition and an artist publication to accompany it, which is a perfect way to complete the residency experience. – Joy Walker, Visiting Artist 2011