Deborah Burke

Deborah Burke is a local artist in Calgary, AB.Location: Calgary, AB

We live in a diverse, magical world of colour filled with movement and shapes and life which occurs in a billion different, fascinating forms. As a child, this magic and colour fascinated me and would cause me to stop in my tracks to simply be in whatever space I was in and breathe in the colorus or to watch a bird in flight. I was mesmerized and entranced. I could sit for hours just watching, just being.

As an artist, and a child at heart, I endeavour to capture some of these amazing energies in paint. My favoured mediums are acrylic paint and clay. Acrylic paint is fascinating – when I apply it to canvas or wood, I allow it to move and interact with whatever other mediums I am using. I listen to the way it wants to flow and allow it the space to create its own art, its own beauty.

I am inspired to paint by the colours I see in nature around me – this is the beginning point. I apply those colours to canvas and then watch what is happening. Most times the painting takes on a life of its own and I am merely a spectator, an assistant to provide the mediums to be applied to the canvas. Hours pass without any understanding of time – again, as when I was a child, I am entranced.

My work is largely abstraction because it allows the viewer to have their own experience of the colours, the magic and life itself – a multifaceted moment in time. In a way, it is like painting emotions or feelings which allow others to share a moment in time, a moment in the universe of colour. The absence of created form allows for an individual experience where movement itself is a result of the eye encompassing the whole, with the colours themselves luring one into a different space, challenging one to create new personal associations and possibly even to question the instability of our own created reality. The textures that are applied to the canvas as well allow the experience to become more tactile, thereby enhancing the involvement of the viewer on multiple levels at once.

Nothing in life is permanent. Everything is ephemeral, and only lasts for a period of time. It is this very truth that allows the artist to continually create, to continually honour the impermanent, and to continually honour the beauty of life itself.