Nina Walton is an Australian artist based between Sydney and the United States. Walton utilises the familiar formal language of modernist abstract painting – geometry, grids, and colour interactions – to investigate what it means to work within artistic systems and strict constraints. With a focus on the act of making according to pre-determined rules, she makes use of commonplace materials such as thread and linen, paint, pen, and paper, combining them with fabricated supports to create series of wall works and site-responsive installations. Across all media, Walton’s process is repetitive, organic, and algorithmic. Colour especially plays a key role in her exploration of how small changes in inputs can generate large variations in output. Walton’s work references the language of games (rules-based and mathematical), labour (in particular, crafts such as weaving), and time (Zen meditation practices). Her practice questions dualistic and hierarchical distinctions between art and craft, masculine and feminine, the expressionistic and formulaic, and the hand made and manufactured object.
Nina Walton has recently graduated with a Master of Fine Arts (Painting) degree from the National Art School in Sydney, Australia. In 2019, she was awarded the University Medal at the National Art School in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She was also awarded the John Olson Prize for Drawing. Walton has exhibited her work at Sydney’s Factory 49, Articulate Project Space, May Space, and in various other group exhibitions both in Sydney and Los Angeles. She has been commissioned both publicly (by the Mayor’s Office in Los Angeles) and privately to install site-responsive pieces, and her work is held in private collections in the US and Australia. She also holds a PhD in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a specialisation in game theory, and an Arts/Law Degree from the University of NSW, Australia.
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