Our Sculptors

Clare Burnett PRSS

Clare Burnett makes pared down, abstract artworks which respond to the context in which they are placed. Her aim is to encourage people to engage visually and conceptually with the spaces and issues around them.
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Clare Burnett is President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

Clare works predominantly on site or issue specific sculptures and installations, each work a direct response to the history and visual language of the ‘site’. Her sculptures frequently appear in clusters or groups which play with perspective and scale. Integral to these sculptures is her use of colour. In delicate lines or flat planes, she has explored how a colour or material – or rather our perception of it – changes with context, how small variations in tone will bring a line to the fore or settle it into its surroundings.

In her last two solo exhibitions, Pink at William Benington Gallery, and Improvisations at the School of Design, University of Leeds, Clare worked with concepts of play and replacing some but not all of the formal minimalism of her previous works. Found and adapted items are arranged alongside carefully crafted objects, giving a sense of three dimensional collage. Chance and improvisation play a key role in these sculptures, imbuing them with a sense of freedom and fun. Underlying the play are continuing concerns in her work about how we deal with an excess of 'stuff' and tensions between permanent and ephemeral works. These issues have been taken forward into her current work. In her most recent Borderlines and Displaced series she is examining themes of alienation, fleeing and extremism, has replaced brighter colours with Black and White and is finding ways within her visual language and interests to express the current political malaise.

Clare is represented by William Benington Gallery.