Effie Burns is an artist who primarily works with glass. She uses it as a material not merely for its decorative purposes but its expressive ones too. What is really exciting to her is having a skill that can be pushed beyond what people expect.
Effie enjoys exploring the play of opposites and often casts ordinary things like broccoli or other natural matter to create extraordinary cast-glass landscapes, where things are not always what they seem. The contrast of the natural and man-made creates a tension and balance that is also important. Fairy tales have played a significant role in her new pieces, which are the result of a Fellowship with the National Glass Centre in Sunderland and the Barbican in London, with one of the resulting sculptures being purchased for the permanent collection at the National Glass Centre.
Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Effie has exhibited sculptural work internationally, including shows with Contemporary Applied Arts in London, the Crafts Council in Tokyo and as part of The Grimm’s Fairy Tale route in Germany. She has been a recipient of a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust Award, and in 2014 a piece was selected for the prestigious ‘Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass’ in Germany.
Exhibitions at Gallagher & Turner:
14 July - 9 September 2017