Featured Artist of the Month – Liberty Burrough 

Written by Forge

On May 1, 2024

Dive into the evocative world of Liberty Burrough, an artist renowned for her distinctive interplay of shadow and light. With a bold use of the palette knife, Liberty captures the understated yet poignant expressions of those closest to her, setting vibrant strokes against a backdrop of profound tranquility. This striking contrast not only creates an atmosphere of eerie disquiet but also beckons the viewer to explore the depths of obscured human emotions. Discover the captivating journey of Liberty Burrough, where each piece promises a deeper glimpse into the enigmatic.

How would you describe your current practice (eg materials, techniques, themes, key questions, approach?)

My current practise involves capturing the morbidly calm expressions on individuals faces that I have close relations to. I try to portray a juxtaposition between the expressive strokes created by the pallet knife and the unsteadily calm aura where the most noticeable features to reveal emotion are blocked out by my intense use of shadow. This technique creates an almost unstable and unnerving ambience, leaving the audience to try and understand what emotions and feeling is portrayed with such little expression. I want the audience to look deeper into one’s face and features. 

What are you working on at the moment (forthcoming exhibitions, events, workshops, etc?)

I’m currently working on building my portfolio, producing paintings and small sketches, experimenting with multiple techniques and styles to refine and discover my own style. Specifically, perfecting and developing my expressive technique through portraiture, experimenting with colour and the harmony created when mixed or placed together. This will provide me enough work to prepare for the upcoming open studio at the forge in June, this will be the first official exhibition of my work and I’m very excited to prepare to meet people who may take interest in my work.

What are your plans for the coming year?

My plans for the coming year is to divulge back into ceramics by taking part in classes to provide me the opportunity to experiment further with glazes, their reactions to different chemical, clays, and temperatures. The colours, patterns and textures developed after being fired are fascinating, no outcome is ever the same, there’s that lack of control which I find intriguing and exciting.

I would also like to plan to branch out ways to market and advertise myself as an artist and my work. Advertising my pieces along with prints accessible for others to share their appreciation.

What is the main question that you most get asked about your work?

The main question I get asked is how do I do it, it’s a very generic question but I always answer with practise has given me the insight of paying attention to the smaller details and trusting the process as I apply layer upon layer of paint to create my expressive works.

Who or what inspires you?

My main inspiration has always been my mother. Ever since I was born, she has always integrated her own passion for art daily in my life, helping with doodles, sketches or providing advice on my artwork I created at school, pushing me to become the best artistic version of myself. However, my main drive at the moment is for myself to develop and improve as an artist on my own terms along with the self-discipline to become successful in the art world.

Which artists do you most admire and why?

Davide Cambria, Eric Lacombe, and Graham Swift are the main inspirational factors to my past and recent works. Davide Cambria increased my confidence to experiment with a more expressive approach. His loose and free brushstrokes challenged me to break through my initial habit to produce replicas of analytical and detailed subject matters. Therefore, inspiring the expressive mark makings I transfer onto my own works, creating an almost dragged, melted effect. Whereas, Eric Lacombe inspired my use of texture and the intense use of shadow creating the eery and satanic ambience. Graham Swift is the main factor of inspiration from the distorted and manipulated presence. The face hiding through the shadows is what I intended to replicate through my own work, really experimenting through the use of dramatic shadows. 

How has your relationship with Digswell Arts strengthened your practice as an Artist?

Digswell Arts has really tested and strengthened my independence as an artist. It was a huge transition from creating art to fit a theme and gain a qualification, to a point where I needed enough motivation and experimentation to find a style that I’m passionate in. 

Connect with Liberty: 

Email: liberty.burrough@hotmail.com

Instagram: liberty.burrough

TikTok: liberty.burrough

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