Ursula Burke

Lockdown 2

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Year 2020
Medium Watercolour and pencil on paper
Dimensions 21 x 29.5 cm
Nominated by Jacqui McIntosh

About the work

A surrealist work exploring my relationship to the landscape and the psychology of isolation and monotony during Lockdown 2, 2020.

About the artist:

Born Tipperary, Ursula Burke lives and works in Ireland. Graduated from BA Fine Art at University of Ulster (1998), and MFA at University of Ulster (2000).

Burke's work explores abuses of power in many realms of the social and political in the West, often taking a Northern Irish context as a critical point of departure from which to generalize her approach outwards to international concerns. Formally, her work appropriates tropes deeply invested in the Classical, and re-inserts them in the contemporary, aiming to create a conceptual bridge between the Classical 'ideal' (in form/society) and the 'reality' of contemporary post-conflict Irish society.
Her most recent work A False Dawn, brings together a suite of work that seeks to investigate the experience of insecurity, fast becoming a universal condition as we struggle to subsist in an impoverished and increasingly unstable civil society, in which personal solutions are prescribed to global problems.

Selected exhibitions include A False Dawn, The Ulster Museum, Belfast (2020); A False Dawn, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (2019); The Precariat, The Dock, Leitrim (2019); The Precariat, Galway Arts Centre, Galway (2019); The Precariat, The RHA, Dublin (2018); So It Is, Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh (2017); Vestiges, Ormston House, Limerick (2017); Vestige, Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin (2017); and Hope for a Better Past, The MAC, Belfast (2013).

Awards and residencies include Suki Tea Art Prize and Artist Residency, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (2018); The Golden Fleece Award, Dublin (2018); and Arts Council of Northern Ireland British School at Rome Fellowship (2014).

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