Sarah Walker received the 2005 Rappaport Prize for helping revitalize the stagnant genre of non-objective contemporary painting. Walker creates works that are simultaneous constructions and deconstructions of physical, mental, and virtual spaces. Her paintings seem to move, rapidly throbbing and bolting and fluttering every which way at once. In Morpho Archipelago, painted in 2004, a spiral swirls in a gray space, surrounded and permeated by colored spheres. The scale and rhythm of the image seem to constantly shift and vibrate; are we looking at a microscopic organism or a galaxy? An explosion or an implosion? Walker"s paintings fluctuate between different spaces – the quantum and the cosmic, the mechanical and the organic, and the virtual and the real.

What did the prize mean to you?

"The Rappaport Prize was awarded to me during a period of great creative energy and development," writes Walker. "Arriving as it did at that particular juncture it acted as an amplifier giving me the resources to enlarge the scale and scope of my ideas with greater overall ambition. Many more people became aware of my work, and along with that came opportunities, many of which are still creating the conditions for the enlargement of my painting practice today."

Where is she now?

Walker has been enjoying a surge in popularity since she was awarded the Rappaport Prize. She had several recent solo exhibitions, including Beacons, Floaters and Lost Objects at the Gregory Lind Gallery in San Francisco, CA in 2008, and Collidescape at Pierogi in Brooklyn, NY in 2007. Her work was also featured in Femme Fatale at the Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas, TX in 2009, and Big Bang: Abstract Painting for the 21st Century at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in 2007.