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Heather Burness, Stephanie Radok

6 -23 May, 2009

Heather Burness

Shorelines of Belonging - etchings from the Wimmera

I have worked for the past eight years predominantly investigating shorelines - both metaphoric and actual - a site shaped by the political forces of erosion and resistance. Working in the Wimmera has been my initial foray onto dry ancient shorelines - the Millicent Coastal Basin.

I have undertaken two field trips to the region. The first was an overview during which I attended a small conference in Natimuk where ideas around the region's culture were looked back upon and also projected into the future; organised and run by people who had lived there for some time. The other more environmentally and practically based, when I inserted some etching plates into flowing salty groundwater (rising due to land clearance) at Tarranyurk. I marvelled at the changing colours of soils, habitat, vegetation, and culture as I moved through the region. These changes and colours both disguised and revealed the land's history and the history of its peoples- they became for me the colours of belonging.

I made new friends and went back to Canberra to print my plates unsure of what they would tell me of what I experienced. I also took back small soil samples to calibrate my colours - they were like my bearings while walking through the mallee scrub. A local had said that I had to learn to "walk in this country" so I walked through my work steadily keeping my eyes on the ground - much as I did while visiting the Little Desert whilst it was in bloom. Another had said that we as a country looked at the wrong horizon - that the little, the unacknowledged, the marginal and threatened should be what we pay most attention too. I agree with him.

In this series, Journey to the Wimmera, I have worked with the mark of the land itself which comes from the printing plate's direct contact with salty groundwater and acid sands -it's touch. The plates are small, the outlook big.




Journey to the Wimmera/ layers in the sand/ blood #1, etching 2007
Unique multiplate colour etching
From plates etched in salty groundwater flow near Tarranyurk





Heather Burness 
Journey to the Wimmera/ layers in the sand/ blood#1, 2007, detail
etching, unique image
Photo credit: Derek Ross






Heather Burness 
Journey to the Wimmera/ layers in the sand/ bone #1, 2007
detail, etching, unique image
Photo: Derek Ross






Heather Burness
Journey to the Wimmera/ layers in the sand/ bone #2, 2007 
Unique multiplate colour etching
from plates inserted into salty groundwater flow near Tarranyurk
46x105cm framed


Heather Burness

Born: Melbourne 1956, lives and works in Canberra Australia

Master of Philosophy, ANU, School Of Art	
Bachelor of Art (Visual) ANU, Institute of the Arts, School of Art, ACT 
Diploma of Teaching (Art/Craft), Burwood Teachers College, Melbourne


Shorelines of Belonging ANCA Gallery ACT
Shorelines of Belonging Horsham Regional Gallery Victoria 
others at the edge Foyer Gallery ANU School of Art ACT Australia 
I gazed for 28 Days ANCA Gallery ACT Australia.
0700 to 0900 Experience: Experiment, METIS:TIME 04 Science and Contemporary 
Arts Festival, Foyer Gallery, ANU School of Art, ACT, Australia
 first quarter to first quarter, Foyer Gallery, ANU School of Art, ACT Australia
 Near real time, Foyer Gallery, ANU School of Art, Australia


Changing ClimateReinventing Lives Gladstone, Noosa, Cowra, Warwick and Caloola Regional Galleries. 
Warringah Printmakers Studio Sydney, Firestation Print Studio Melbourne, Tresillian Community Centre 
Queensland and Megalo Gallery  
25x25, 25 years of printmaking at Megalo Access Arts 1980-2005 Grafton, Tamworth, Bega 
and Cowra Regional Galleries
Site and Soul III Canberra Museum and Gallery		
25x25, 25 years of printmaking at Megalo Access Arts 1980-2005 Wagga Wagga, Port Macquarie 
Hastings and Broken Hill Regional Galleries
Resonance Megalo Residency artists from 2005, Megalo Gallery ACT
25X25, 25 years of printmaking at Megalo Access Arts 1980-2005 Megalo Gallery ACT
the sea, the sea Gippsland Regional Gallery, Sale
the sea, the sea Horsham Regional Gallery, Horsham, Victoria 
International Works on Paper Fair Emerging Artists Exhibition, Byron Kennedy Hall, Sydney
Mildura Palimpsest #4, Mildura
Wish you were here  Post card show Oxford, UK, Argentina and Australia
maritime ANCA Gallery, ACT
From the book, Zone Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia. 
Ici, un bout du monde... Here, one end of the world,  Alliance Francaise, ACT 
Ici, un bout du monde Here, one end of the world The Cercle D'Art de Gentilly, Gentilly Biennale, 
Paris, France
Borderlines, Workshop Arts Centre, Willoughby, Sydney
Near Distance work by seven women artists Crafts ACT Gallery, ACT
Fragile objects, Artists books and Limited Editions National Library of Australia
Western Australia Print Association Exchange Exhibition Perth
Exhibition of the Art Colleges' Print Society of Japan The Machida City Museum of 
Graphic Arts, Tokyo, Japan.
Acroamatic fields, Photospace Gallery
Memorandum High Court of Australia ACT
Canberra Institute of the Arts Show Weswal Gallery, Tamworth, Queensland

Shortlisted Burnie Print Prize, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Tasmania	
artsACT Project funding
(inaugural) CPS Australia Capital Arts Patrons Organisation Award 
Highly Commended Goulburn Art Award
Resident, Printmedia and Drawing Workshop ANU School of Art ACT	
Shortlisted Hazelhurst Art Award, Works on Paper
Megalo Printmaker-in-Residence Megalo Access Arts ACT 		
Post Graduate Materials Award. National Institute of the Arts, School of Art
Artist-in-Residence Experimental Etching Studio, Boston USA 
Invited and made work at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. New York, NY, USA.
Interiors Australia, Australian Construction Services Award
Selected to exhibit, Canson Student Print Award COFA Gallery, Sydney, and APW, 
Selected to exhibit, 9th Mornington Peninsula Print Acquisitive Award

Resident, Printmedia and Drawing Workshop ANU School of Art ACT Australia
Megalo Printmaker-in-Residence Megalo Access Arts Watson ACT Australia
Artist-in-Residence Experimental Etching Studio, Boston USA as part of the National Print 
symposium of the USA Shifting Grounds- The New Terrain of Printmaking. Invited and made 
work at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. New York, NY, USA

The Donald Macpherson Collection of Literature and Art housed at The State Library of New South Wales.
Horsham Regional Art Gallery 
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
Canberra Museum and Gallery
National Library of Australia
National Gallery of Australia
Private collections in Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia

Art Almanac August 2008 Profile: statement and colour Illustration p 202
Foxlee, J. Frederick, U. Hall, N. "Pieces of Place: exploring the personal souvenir" in Sense of Place: Exploring 
concepts and expressions of place through different senses and lenses  National Museum of Australia 2008
Megalo Access Arts 25x25 Catalogue (Illustration and statement) unpaginated 2005
Stockdill, J. "Present Tense" in Artlook issue#08 February 05 Colour Illus p5 and 12 0700-0900, Anomalies 
and Adjustments #2, 2004
Barney, J. "At Tides Edge" in Metis:Time :04 Catalogue for Science and Contemporary Arts Festival 2004 
(Canberra Contemporary Arts Space, 2004), p54-57. Colour Illus.
Gates, M  merryngates.com  at website http://www.merryngates.com/article.asp?aID=216  (sighted 30/3/2008)
Hambly, M. "innocence and experience" in Canberra Arts Anthology, (National Library of Australia and artsACT,
 1999) illus p32
McConchie, B. "Shifting Grounds Boston Print Symposium" in Imprint (Journal of the Print Council of Australia1997),
 Vol 32 #2 p20
Imprint (Journal of the Print Council of Australia, 1997) Vol 34 #2, p22.
Burness, H. and McConchie, B. "Shifting Grounds: The Boston Print Symposium from an Australian Perspective" 
in Contemporary Impressions (Journal of the American Print Alliance, 1997), Vol 5, #2, p27 B/W p1 Trichord from 
Sandlines,1997 and Six Notes from Sandlines,1997

Selected Professional Experience 
1996-2009 Sessional Lecturer, ANU, School of Art, Printmedia and Drawing Workshop 
2008/9 Visitor Services, National Museum of Australia
2006 Presented Artforum Lecture. Public lecture program by the ANU School of Art
2001, 2002, 2006, 2007 Teacher, National Gallery of Australia Summer Scholarship Program
Collaborative printer to Naminapu Maymuru White and Michael Maymuru, (Visiting Fellows, ANU)
1998 Lectured at the 3rd Australian Print Symposium at Studio One Inc ACT
1996-98 Teacher, Canberra Institute of Technology. 
1994-98 Teacher and Printer at Studio One Inc, ACT Editioned Emily Kame Kngwarreye and other 
Utopia Artists, Gary Shead, Treahna Hamm, Helen Geier, Gaye Paterson, Annie Franklin, Tiwi Artists
1979-82 Art Craft Teacher (Primary), Melbourne Victoria