Most people know artist Steven Walker for his illuminating, peaceful landscapes and bright, nocturnal oil paintings, but his newest body of work focuses on his battle with depression and anxiety through still lifes. He says, “As someone who battles and has seen the effects of depression firsthand, I know how hard it is to focus on the good times while drowning in one’s own angst. The glass container in each composition is a conceptual visual ‘constant’ symbolizing fragility as I become more open about my depression/anxiety to others. Each glass houses an object that represents a pleasant, successful or even lighthearted memory in my life.”
Walker adds that this year he’s made it a point to be more transparent about his condition. “With that in mind, the pieces that I have shared thus far on Instagram and Facebook include a story that discusses the history and origin of each painting’s concept,” he says.
This new body of work will have its first showing at Glave Kocen Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. “My plan is to exhibit the work throughout the country in art centers and mental health clinics to help those who have a loved one suffering from depression to understand,” he says. “It’s also meant to let those folks like me understand that they are not alone.”—
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