Drawing is central to Amanda Burk’s art practice and research. She received her MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2003) and her Honours BA Fine Arts Specialization from the University of Waterloo (2001).
Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally - most recently she has participated in exhibitions in Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Toronto, and Peoria, Illinois. Her work has just been featured in the International Drawing Annual, INDA 11, published by Manifest Press and she was also recently interviewed by Tussle Magazine.
Burk’s work has been collected by the City of Toronto, COBRA to Contemporary (Netherlands) and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Burk lives in North Bay, Ontario, where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Nipissing University.
Artist Statement: Dual Series
This series of large-scale charcoal drawings on paper, featuring two-headed northern animals, playfully contemplates ideas surrounding cohabitation and symbiotic relationships, and was also motivated by ideas around cellular division, conception, and the animal nature of our biology.
Each animal, although seemingly identical, is upon closer inspection an individual and maintains a degree of independence. However, interdependence is clearly an inescapable aspect of these mirrored relationships.
The Dual Series takes advantage of the play on the word “dual”. Each drawing in the series is titled after a famous duel. Dual (Senna), for example, references the famous race car driver Ayrton Senna who won the 1992 Grand Prix in Monaco. This particular race between Senna and Nigel Mansell was referred to as a duel, and Monaco has the rabbit as one of their national animals.
As the Dual Series evolved it bridged into a body of work titled Full Circle where the animals gain more autonomy and now interact with each other in a more confrontational way.