Sally Burnett | Lustrous Black, 2019

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Sally Burnett | Lustrous Black, 2019
Sally Burnett | Lustrous Black, 2019
Bleached English sycamore with black acrylic colour, dyed gold silver leaf
7" x 5" diameter

Artist Statement:
At first glance the beauty is in the gilded surface, shiny and brash, but it is the bleached surface where the true beauty lies. The ghost of the grain, elusive flecks of figure as the piece catches the light, a trace of what lies beneath.

About the Artist:
"The thrill and sometimes frustration of working with a living material that moves and twists as I work cannot easily be conveyed in words but the shapes and textures that can be created are endless and the drive to be unique and push boundaries is exciting. These inherent challenges keep me moving forward to see how far I can develop the medium and what visual impact I can produce in each piece, whilst being sympathetic to the material itself.
As an emerging designer/maker in wood, I work with ethically sourced native English timbers, creating decorative vessels and sculptural forms with distinctive textures, pyrography and carving. I create movement across the surface with multiple layers of fine texture. Simple marks blended to form complex surfaces. Humans are naturally curious, the need to turn the piece, follow the curves, explore the tactile surface, question the nature of the material, engage the audience."

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