Melanie Walker – City Life


© 2016
edition of 5 v.e.
dimensions in inches: 9 x 12

City Life is from a large, extended body of work called The Procession of the Dispossessed. It is an ongoing evolving¬†allegorical (photo)-graphic narrative that began in the 1980’s when homelessness became a part of the ongoing national conversation. I returned to this project in the 2010’s to re-address related issues such as immigration issues and those who seek asylum migrating from war ravaged countries¬†along with questioning notions of home, overpopulation, tradition and family. Using the image of a house and that conceptual framework as metaphor, I seek to address our collective longing for connection and our similarities in these challenging times of division and separation.

It incorporates the accordion fold as the foundation of this tunnel book.

The imagery is from puppets and miniature houses that I have made over the years.


paper, inkjet fabric, photographs, glue

About the artist:

Lives in Boulder, Colorado, United States

Melanie Walker has been an artist for over 40 years. Her expertise is in alternative approaches to photography, immersive installations and public art. She received a BA from San Francisco State University and an MFA from Florida State University. She has received a number of awards including an NEA Fellowship, Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship and an Aaron Siskind Award. She teaches in the Media Arts Area at the University of Colorado, Boulder and has work in collections including LACMA, Center for Creative Photography, Princeton Art Museum and San Francisco Museum of Art.


Melanie Walker – City Life