Carol Burns. Artist Statement.
I am a Scottish born Artist living in Wiltshire, England, who is best known for her unconventional abstracts.
I am interested in people (Every single individual on this planet is a multifaceted being comprising many different identities with no single one providing the ultimate key to unlocking their character) and I find our internal and external narratives captivating. After all, we dream in narrative, daydream in narrative, remember, anticipate, hope, despair, believe, doubt, plan, revise, criticise, construct, gossip, learn, and love by narrative. It enables us to share our internal world in a meaningful way and helps us make sense of the external world we inhabit. Finding a visual means of examining those narratives, and the abstract ideas contained within them, is endlessly fascinating to me and it's those inner landscapes that I aim to capture within my work.
My paintings are not designed to be representational. I start with an idea or concept which I then explore through the layering of paint, intuitive mark making and collage. My process is a constant balancing act between control, instinct, reacting to the accidental and deliberately adding elements to provide contrast and interest.The end result is a work which is rich with history, colour and pattern all of which combine to capture the essence of the inital idea. Each piece is intentionally left open to interpretation which means that it is only complete when the viewer applies their own experiences and narratives to it.
Galleries and Shows -
White Horse Gallery, 2023.
RCA (Royal Cambrian Academy of Art), 2022 & 2023
Contemporary Art Fair - 2019, 2021 & 2022
Magnum Wines, 2022
SMAG (Swindon Museum and Art Gallery), 2018 & 2019
Museum Of The Mind, 2016
Brooklyn Art Library, 2015
Hop Inn, 2015, 2016, 2019 & 2022
Cloud 9 Gallery, 2014 & 2015
Aye Inspired, (21 locations across Scotland), 2014.
New Brewery Arts, 2013 & 2014
British Library, 2012
Intel Offices, 2011 & 2012
RWE Npower Offices, 2009 to 2013
Second Life, 2009
Pandora Gallery, 2008.
Other work -
Degrees of Success, Graphic Novel. 2016 to 2018
Research and Evaluation for Busy Practitioners by Dr Helen Kara. Additional illustration for 2nd Edition. 2017.
Home Truths, Illustration for ‘Life In Harmony’ project, 2016.
Love Creek Productions, New York. 4 illustrations to be used in the filming of 'Subconscious Mind’, 2016
Source Distribution, Michigan. Catalogue Cover, ‘Chairs’, 2016
BROAD Magazine, Chicago. 'Tech Cellfie', 2014
When Women Waken: Literary Journal, West Virginia. 'Home', 2013 and ‘Typewriter’, 2014
Making Memories (Dementia Project) – Brewery Art Centre, Cirencester. 2013
Illustrated Tree of Rendcomb Life - Rendcomb College, 2013
Stormwrack by Graeme K Talboys, 2013
Realand by DJ Kirkby, 2013
Research and Evaluation for Busy Practitioners by Dr Helen Kara, 2012