Interview: Rosemary Burn
Luca Curci talks with Rosemary Burn during MIXING IDENTITIES, third appointment of CANVAS INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space in London.
Rosemary Burn, a figurative painter based in the UK, has exhibited her works in Italy, Germany, the United States, and the United Kingdom. She approaches her artistic process with a sense of mindfulness, concerning herself with the objective examination of the present, as well as from an emotional perspective. Burns’ works are inspired by the people and objects that leave an impression upon her everyday life. Oscillating between impressionist and ‘almost realist‘, her compositions are created using oil paints on a synthetic board. A loaded stillness is present in many of the paintings, and the use of fluid brushstrokes and lighting enhance the sculptural, three-dimensional aspect of her subjects. She has a longstanding interest in the paranormal and the possibility of other realms; other subjects which are also evident within the paintings are transitory states of existence (melting, freezing, evaporation), and time, described by the very act of painting that encapsulates a point in time through a history of brush marks. Rosemary studied sculpture at Chelsea School of Art, London, gaining an MA in fine art. She also studied the piano at Trinity College of Music, London, and is an accomplished classical pianist. Although only relatively recently becoming a painter, she has been included in prestigious exhibitions such as the Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibition, 2018-2019, Florence Biennale 2019, London International Art Fair 2020, and also in 2020 she was one of a few artists selected to be featured in House and Garden UK magazine.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Rosemary Burn – For me, art is a view of the world refined to make a magical experience.
LC – What are you currently working on?
RB – I am currently working on commissioned portraits and a range of other works based on objects and places which have inspired me.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
RB – My inspiration comes from other artists who I admire, and from subjects that might suggest a story.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
RB – The most challenging thing for me is introducing energy and magic to the visual experience seen on the canvas.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
RB – I generally enjoy creating stories from what would at first appear mundane – a tennis ball, seen in mid-air becomes a moment in time, hence the title ‘Set Point’. A notebook left open on a table, mislaid by its owner becomes a subject of mystery.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
RB – The concept of the festival is interesting and can be interpreted in many ways.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
RB – I chose to include two portraits from different races and backgrounds, to illustrate the all-inclusiveness of art.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event? Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
RB – I have very much enjoyed working with you and I look forward to seeing all the exhibits in the show.