Leila Walter ( South Africa )
(b. 1992) completed her BFA at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2014. After graduating as a sculpture major, she has since shifted her focus to drawing and painting. Her practice is characterized by a preoccupation with repetitive mark making and layering in an attempt to create symbolic depth. Layers of marks and glazes simultaneously conceal and reveal the history of the surface, as well as the symbolic oscillation between the internal and external which she believes to be inherent in the painting process. Her approach to the medium positions each work as a vantage point within a progression rather than a conclusive destination, encouraging the viewer to explore the many histories and potential realities inherent in each surface. Walter exhibited in the AVA Gallery’s Greatest Hits in 2015 and has works in the University of Cape Town’s permanent collection. She currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.