Anne Burton

Anne Burton

Profile Location
Lincoln , NE

Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, Anne is the ARTS program coordinator at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, NE, where she has been teaching full time since 2011. She holds a BA in studio art from the University of Richmond and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Anne has held residencies at Vermont Studio Center, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Lux Center for the Arts, and the Cable Factory in Helsinki, Finland. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently in the 2019 Harnett Print Biennial in Virginia, the 2018 Pacific States North American Print Biennial in Hawaii, the 2018 Duoro Print Biennial in Portugal, The Boston Printmakers 2017 North American Biennial, 12”x 12” at the Lawrence Arts Center, and the Awagami Miniature Print Exhibition in Japan. Her work is in private and public collections, including the printmaking collection of the Duoro Museum in Peso da Régua, Portugal. Anne lives in Lincoln with her husband and two sons.

Artist Statement

I gravitate to print because of its historical associations with communication, social engagement, and reiteration. My most recent bodies of work, "Inhaling the Spore" and "Night Writing", both use print media as a means of connecting the work to the authority of the printed mark and historical modes of disseminating information. Printmaking has had a profound impact on human communication, and I regard it as an effective and potent medium for discussing the issues of technology and human connection that concern us today.

The current body of work I am developing is titled Inhaling the Spore. The title comes from my personal experience with my youngest son, who became sick and developed a tumor on his lymph node after inhaling a spore of rare mycobacteria at the age of two. I made my son a quilt to wear during his surgery and hospital stay. The process of creating the quilt was carried through this work as a metaphor, both for his altered and sewn body, as well as for the fragmented nature of our understanding of the way that we relate to our environment.

The exhibition and installation Night Writing include references to methods of coded communication, from the spy code Night Writing to the Victorian practice of sending symbolic flower bouquets, also called floriography. Both of these historical systems of delivering meaning through symbolism often failed to convey messages clearly, and that also makes them an apt representation for how communication breaks down in our contemporary world. By integrating modern modes of creation such as the laser cutter into this body of work, I was able to expand my own definition of print and investigate new methods of multiplicity, communication and connection. The installation Night Writing reads, in code, “left or right we can all see wrong”.

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Exhibitions Featuring this Artist

Brett Anderson
Anne Burton
Kim Darling
Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez
Amy Haney
Karen Kunc
Bonnie O'Connell
Howard Paine
Sarah Rowe
Toan Vuong
Watie White
1/4/19 to 1/25/19
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