Priscilla Burke, Geco e foglie
I hate the lockdown. My favorite bar is closed, there is no one on the streets, and I am forbidden to leave my home. Disheartening.
But this has given me time and energy to concentrate on a new series of drawings based on nature. In my view, the Corona virus is caused by too many people in the world. And the demise of nature and climate warming are more evident than ever throughout the world. For this, my work features animals (both real and imaginary), flowers and plants, marine biology, and portraits from Roman times – all testaments to the nature of things and our past. Things will return, they always have.
chalk pen and pastel on paper. 30 x 20 cm.
Priscilla Burke was born in Dublin in 1928, the eldest of six children. Her mother was an artist and Priscilla quickly showed a talent for drawing. She also studied piano and composition. Burke travelled the world with various professional activities that include communications, interpreting, and translations. Now retired at 92, her last post was at the FAO in Rome, where she has lived for the past 40 years. She is known as the Irish Louise Bourgeois.
Priscilla has always made art and has participated in many exhibitions over the years, both in Italy and abroad. She is a favorite of the renowned Roman gallerist Fabio Sargentini, who has shown her art at L’Attico in various occasions. In 2005, Fabiana Sargentini was inspired by Burke for her first film “Ciro e Priscilla”. She is now represented by Sala 1 in Rome, where she has been featured in various projects such as “Mimosa – Donne per l’Arte” in 2004, and “Dove andato IL CIELO – Artisti per FITIL” in 2008. The gallery curated her participation in the 2019 exhibition “Monster Me” together with other 8 Roman artists and performers for a project conceived for an abandoned apartment in Campo Boario in Rome; she showed three of her sculptures there. Her last two monographic exhibitions were; “Priscilla Burke Viaggio in Italia” curated by Antonella Pisilli in collaboration with KYO Viterbo/Sala 1 (2004) and “Rus in Urbis”, an installation in the garden of the Scala Santa, with a text by Fabio Sargentini and organized by the association TraleVolte (2010). “Ecco, creature come Priscilla Burke ci restituiscono un po’ della poesia connaturata al puro atto artistico, quella semplice gioia del creare, che è il primo premio per ogni artista, piccolo o grande che sia.” (Fabio Sargentini, 2010).