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Penny Burnfield

Artist statement

Although I have a background in embroidery and textiles, my practice increasingly involves a variety of media.

My work derives from ideas, rather than the visual world. I seek to question, draw attention and subvert assumptions.

The challenge I set myself is to make ideas visible. The choice and appropriateness of the materials and processes that are employed in the making of each piece has become important to me.

My work is usually three-dimensional and often takes the form of an installation, large or small. Themes include many aspects of history – including museums, archives and collections – and it often includes the written word in some form. I enjoy making site-specific pieces.

As I look for ways of expressing my thoughts I find interesting connections – between my past and present work – process and materials – personal preoccupations. These connections enrich and add layers of meaning.

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