My approach to creating is a freeing, hedonistic and spontaneous experience. As a multidisciplinary artist I love to work with many mediums, primarily focusing on painting and ceramics, and they often reflect within each other. I love combining the two mediums together and incorporating many different out-of-the-ordinary materials.
My paintings are sublime chromatic ecstasies that splash over the viewer. Invoking the pleasure of colour, the composition reveals itself through impulsive gestures and movements. Left to chance, colours are applied by the act of spilling, pouring and dripping. Lush, impasto marks contrast thin washes of colour. Vivid colours bleed into one another, as the natural tendency of the medium flows across the surface, creating layers inspired by cosmic imagery such as nebulas, ariel views and microscopic imagery such as cancer cells, mold, or rust.
My ceramic work blurs the boundaries between craft and fine art. With white stoneware, I create a combination of abstract sculptural work and functional ware and I enjoy when they integrate into each other. I often refer to my sculptural wall pieces as 3D paintings, as they are primarily made through the same process as my paintings. The process of allowing the shape to reveal itself through play and layers. With a profound love of texture, all my work is reminiscent of biological imagery found in micro and macro universes, anatomical and plant ecosystems, coral reefs and mycology. My work, including my barnacle and vulva mugs, not only celebrates the human body, nature, colour and abstract form, but the connection between them all and the freedom and therapeutic potential of the medium itself.
Using a combination of throwing, hand-building, slip casting and press moulds, I create textures, patterns and shapes from found objects in nature and repurposes them into new objects. The surface treatment is often a balance between control and spontaneity. I love to experiment with different combinations and layers of glazes, bubble glazing, melted glass, underglazes, stains and oxides.
My work reflects the process and pleasure of the act of making. It is a meditative, freeing occurrence that has healing qualities and reminds us of the healing qualities found within us and in nature. I am inspired by abstract expressionists, art therapy, and biodiversity. I enjoy the play of dualities such as; grotesque/beauty, fear/deep appreciation, death/life and decay/rebirth. The artwork comes alive and respected as independent entities, encouraging free association. They invite the viewer to travel inside and to move about the work, communicating with it. I treat each piece as a living being going through a birth process and life of its own, continuously changing and arriving at a final product that tells their story.
Annie Burgess received her BFA in Studio Arts and Art History at Concordia University in 2014 and has exhibited much of her work at galleries in Montreal, QC. After completing a 2016 residency for ceramics with Arquetopia in Puebla, Mexico, she moved back to Guelph, ON, her hometown. Currently she is teaching ceramics at the Guelph Community Pottery Centre and continues to produce her own artistic work at her studio located in the Alleyway Studios in Downtown Guelph. In 2019 she was awarded the Arquetopia Foundation 10th Anniversary Residency Scholarship in Cusco, Peru, and the Jane Graham Memorial Award in Guelph, ON.
As she is quite passionate about the therapeutic qualities of art, she is very enthusiastic about inspiring others to create as well. You are encouraged to contact her for a studio visit or private lessons.
Artist based in Guelph, Ontario
www.annieburgess.weebly.com/ email@example.com/ 514- 546-8565
Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction, 2014
Major in Studio Arts and Art History,
Concordia University, Montreal, QC
Diploma of Collegial Studies, Creative Arts, Art Fundamentals, 2007
Sheridan College, Oakville, ON
Artist in Residence- Painting, 2019
Arquetopia, Cusco, Peru
Artist in Residence- Ceramics, 2016
Arquetopia, Puebla, Mexico
2018 Overzealous, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Toronto, ON
2018 Showcase of New Works- Annie Burgess, Alleyway Studios, Guelph, ON
2016 D’Arts Visuels de la CSDM, Écomusée du Fier Monde, Montréal, QC
2015 BOLD-Raw Artists, La Tulipe, Montréal, QC
2015 Flux Solo Exhibition, William Street Gallery, Montreal Art Centre, Montréal, QC
2015 Playing the Jester: Ceramics and Public Art Concordia University, Montréal, QC
2015/2014 Galerie Fringe, MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), Montréal, QC
2014 Growth Locker Gallery, Montréal, QC
2014 Infection Installation at Concordia University, Montréal, QC
2014 One Night Stand VAV Gallery, Montréal, QC
2014 Impressed Atelier- Galerie Alain Piroir, Montréal, QC
2013 The Art of Living VAV Gallery, Montréal, QC
2013 Still Standing Entree des Artistes, Montréal, QC
2013 Rare Earth Concordia University, Montréal, QC
2013 Lab 353 Espace Project, Montréal, QC
2011 The New Abstraction Galerie Lilian Rodriguez, Montréal, QC
Festivals and Art Sales
2019 Holiday Art Crawl, Alleyway Studios, Guelph, ON
2019 Rug & Weave’s Winter Market, Guelph, ON
2019/2017/2016/2015 Guelph Art on the Street, Guelph, ON
2019/2018/2017 Guelph Potters’ Guild Annual Holiday Market, Guelph, ON
2019/2018 2nd Annual Feminist Holiday Market, Guelph ON
2015 Market Cooperative Harvest Holiday, McGill University, Montréal, QC
2015 Mtl en Arts, Montréal, QC
Jane Graham Memorial Award to attend an Advanced Pottery-Throwing course at Haliburton School of Art & Design, Fleming College, 2019
Arquetopia Foundation 10th Anniversary Residency Scholarship, Cusco, Peru, 2019
-The Concordian, Cover, Vol. 28, & De Rosa, Alyssa: “Art Matters Coming to a Gallery Near You”, The Concordian, Vol. 28, March 2011, p.13
-Guelph Tribune, July 2015