Anna Walker and Genie Poretzky-Lee

Anna Walker and Genie Poretzky-Lee

Anna Walker, PhD is an artist, writer and researcher working in multi-media. She was awarded an MA in Fine Art from Southampton University in 1998, and a certificate in Psychotherapy from CBPC, Cambridge, in 2010. An interest in the effects of trauma on the body, developed during her work as a psychotherapist, led her to a PhD in Arts and Media at Plymouth University, which she completed in May 2017. Her arts practice balances the auto-ethnographic with the critical, utilising personal experiences to facilitate a greater understanding of memory, trauma and its wider cultural implications. She is a member of Transtechnology Research at Plymouth University, and currently writing a book on the work of artist: Genie Poretzky-Lee.

Genie Poretzky-Lee is an artist-maker. She works with a wide range of materials that reflect her constant and evolving dialogue with the environment, curiosity with nature, and her preoccupation with mysticism and alchemy. Genie’s sculptures, interventions and paintings are an exploration of materials, surfaces, textures and the ebb and flow of time. Throughout her oeuvre there is a tendency towards pattern and repetition, founded in her training in the 1970s under weaver Wilmma Hollist-McKerlie. Genie was one of the founding members of ‘Fibre Art’ in the UK, alongside Professor Janis Jeffries and Marta Rogoyska, 1975-1978. And in 2001, she set up The Blue Lotus Foundation in London with poet Jay Ramsey (1954-2018), as a venue for art, poetry and workshops.