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April Walker

Burl | 7″ x 11″ | Ceramic with encaustic | 2019

Artist Statement 

The process of creating is spontaneous and intuitive for me. I’m inspired by nature; the night sky, a tree swaying in the wind, or layers of earth speak to me from the depths of nature’s spirit. My work uses ceramic materials and encaustic wax. As my hands form the clay, I feel the heartbeat of nature take shape.Thick and heavy coils are worked into deeply textural organic forms and fired. Many layers of encaustic wax are then applied and torched, adding depth and luminosity to the forms. Using these naturally occurring media creates a seamless language which allows me to express myself.

 My work is a homage to nature and the world around me, a celebratory expression of thanks for the beauty and comfort that I have felt. 

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Collected Detroit
Norwest Gallery

Artist Website + Social Media:
Instagram @aprilbbrunner

MR/QD Is Made Possible BY

Artists stipends made possible by Kresge Arts in Detroit

For details and more info on making a contribution to Mighty Real/Queer Detroit, please contact us at

About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.