Mary Burke: Memory Traces
Opening Reception Friday 22 November at 7pm
This latest body of work focuses on suburban space, in particular, the fragmented spaces of memory. The man-made and natural environment combines to give a feeling of domestic space and place. Some familiar details such as windows, doors, steps and pathways are retained, which help to create a sense of interior and exterior. Shadows and reflections reinforce the illusion of layered space. Images can be broken down into abstract planes and patterns and yet still remain recognizable. Familiar objects can trigger past perceptions and the viewer populates each work with his or her own previous experiences. The end result is a series of imagined and remembered spaces.
Mary studied Fine Art at NCAD (1977-82). She has had many solo exhibitions and has been awarded residencies at the Leighton Artists Colony at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada and a United States Information Agency fellowship to work at the Vermont Studio Center, USA. Awards include a bursary from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation (Montreal), a Golden Fleece award from the Lillias Mitchell Trust and bursaries from the Irish Arts Council (2007 and 2009). Her work is in public and corporate collections including The Arts Council, The AIB International Financial Services Centre, Ulster Bank, The Irish Inter-Continental Bank, Eircom, Dublin Airport Authority, Aer Motive Ireland, South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council and the Office of Public Works.