A Lump like a Stone, like the Rising Smoke
This painting imagines the house as a surrogate for the mind and body, offering a way to visualize the drama of living in the world itself. This work is part of a series by the artist where a variety of household items stand in for body parts—a house becomes a head, a clock or a pipe system becomes a face, etc. These chaotic analogies suggest the unwieldiness of occupying a human body and the mental, physical, sexual and emotional processes existence involves.
Burke’s work explores both our hastily evolving contemporary visual culture—while also examining gender-based power dynamics, sexuality and the human potential for both creation and destruction. The artist's layering and repetition of traditional figurative images evokes digital screen culture and the accumulation of content.
Lindsay Burke’s work explores the female body in action, grappling to express itself and assert its autonomy. With a quirky sense of surrealism, she interchanges household objects and body parts, evoking a confused state of mental, physical and sexual tension. Pouring, spraying, scraping, sanding away and then starting the process over again, she simulates the unwieldiness of a body fighting for control. Emotion, creation, destruction, violence, pain and desire intermingle to diagram the material world of feminine embodiment.
Lindsay Burke was born in 1991 in Ames, Iowa. The artist holds an MFA from Hunter College in New York City and a BFA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Burke has also completed residencies at: the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in New York City; and the Shandaken Paint School in New York City.
Exhibitions of Burke’s work have taken place at: Marinaro in New York City; Underdonk Gallery in Brooklyn, New York; Bosse & Baum in London, UK; PARISTEXASLA in Los Angeles, California; Martos in New York City; Thierry Goldberg in New York City; Flag Art Foundation in New York City; and Helena Anrather Gallery in New York City.
Burke lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
This painting imagines the house as a surrogate for the mind and body, offering a way to visualize the drama of living in the world itself. This work is part of a series by the artist where a variety of household items stand in for body parts, chaotic analogies that suggest the unwieldiness of occupying a human body and the mental, physical, sexual and emotional processes existence involves.More