Travel and the foreign city have nourished the research of Burgess’ paintings and works on paper over the past 20 years. The city, its architecture and art have become the subject matter, but the notion of pilgrimage and travel simmer and brood as a metaphor for life…one realises that the spiritual journey is the actual journey. At home in the studio the ideas and memories accumulate and wait. But as American artist Philip Guston implied, it is best when all your ideas finally leave and you are completely alone. For Burgess, the closed flat space of the painted abstract surface will always remain a pictorial process where the medium may become the message and the narrative hovers or remains a secret. We are the stories we tell and don’t tell.
Recently, due to specific exhibitions and ideas, Burgess has combined two separate bodies of work. The architectural bridge sits alongside a webbed crinoline human structure; the latter evolved from research of Velasquez’ Las Meninas in the Prado, Spain. Both reveal elements such as the grid, shape, repetition, symmetry and rhythm. For Burgess, both demonstrate a different pace in the work whilst grappling with the structure of gesture and the layering of paint.
Burgess’ works harbour both calculated ideas and spontaneous impulses; she loves the physical properties of paint and she uses a lot of it.
Recent exhibitions include
2021 The Watched, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne 2019 The Staircase, Tacit Galleries 2018 The Panic Room, Tacit Galleries 2017 Painting, Tacit Galleries 2016 The Dressmaker & the Painter, LaTrobe Visual Arts Centre, Bendigo 2012 Watching, Not Looking, Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne 2010 Mid Air, Bendigo Art Gallery 2009 Sleepwalker, Helen Gory Galerie 2008 Elsewhere, Helen Gory Galerie 2006 Skating on Thin Ice, Helen Gory Galerie 2004 One City, Helen Gory Galerie 2003 Pilgrimage & the City, LaTrobe University, Bendigo; 300 Years of St Petersburg, Melbourne Town Hall 2002 Russia, Helen Gory Galerie
2020 John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery; 20, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne 2019 The Affordable Art Fair, Melbourne 2018 Postcard Show, New Linden Art, Melbourne 2017 Arthur Guy Memorial Prize, Bendigo 2016 Re-group, The Artery, Warrnambool; Re-group, Waterfront Gallery, Geelong 2014 Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Art Gallery of Ballarat; Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria 2013 Body Politic, LaTrobe Visual Arts Centre, Bendigo; Postcard Show, New Linden Art 2011 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Adelaide Perry Gallery, Sydney; Postcard Show, New Linden Art; Picture This: Postcards and Letters Beyond Text, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK 2010 Paul Guest Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery; Rick Amor Drawing Prize; Raft, Allan’s Walk Gallery, Bendigo; International Art Project, University of West England, UK 2009 Postcard Show, New Linden Art; Drawcard, National Art School, Sydney 2008 Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery; Cross Talk, LaTrobe Visual Arts Centre; Drawcard, National Art School, Sydney; Contemporaneous, Wangaratta Art Gallery