Elspeth Walker is a writer and visual/language artist, whose work centres around the themes of memory, class, feminism and exploring how we read/interact with art forms.
A lot of her work comes from a personal introspection about her relationship with the outer world, which is then shared with others as a means to probe it further.
Most of her own work lies between creative non-fiction and poetic prose. She has a keen interest in psychogeography and exploring how things are interconnected, from object to emotions. Playing with how we read, and the physical element of writing is also key to her work, and can be seen across both her indie press publications and visual art work. She has published many indie press pamphlets, zines and poetry collections that are stocked at TACO, Good Press, Books Peckham, Burley Fisher's Books, the Photographers Gallery, Common Thread Press, and are archived at Glasgow Zine Library, National Poetry Library, and Bienechke Library at Yale.
Elspeth regularly writes for various publications such as SICK Magazine, Culturala Art Journal, and Agora Digital Art, and is part of a Zine collective Silken Reference with fellow MA Writing students.
During 2022 she worked on her “Everyday” series including You Do So Much, I want to be a Seahorse I said, and Aphrodisiac plates 1&2. These often related to issues of class and ableism, and trying to the reality of lower income life with the image it projects, using humour as a means of translating and poking holes in social structures.
Now in 2023 she is working on a body of work entitled “Alternative Archives” which explore what the archive is, who it is for, and how we can play with it to push the boundaries of whose history is allowed to be recorded, and how we translate this honestly. Works include The Body is an Archive and Persephone’s Bedroom.
She currently works at the National Poetry Library, and Lavender Leonardos art school whilst working on her practice. During 2022 she was runner up for the Whitechapel Gallery Writer in Residence and in 2023 completed her MA in Writing at the Royal College of Art, London.