Michelle Burns

As an interdisciplinary artist, Michelle’s current position is the consideration of the relationship between modern humans and machines as technology becomes ever more advanced. Michelle’s work challenges traditional processes of painting through the fusing of the physical and virtual.

Michelle’s primary concern is the study and observation of the human condition, exploring form through light and movement within figurative work. Michelle is interested in how we, as modern humans respond to imagery in evolutionary terms as unique complex individuals. Whilst exploring how we still share a sensory and biological makeup within our historical and cultural influences that drive our collective responses.

Michelle’s current work looks towards elements and ideas around posthuman theory, the technological sublime and transhumanism, exploring the current tensions between humans and machines.

Painting and drawing are central to Michelle’s practice and inform her current work with moving image.

MA Painting – Plymouth College of Art (2018)

BA (hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking – Plymouth College of Art (2017)

BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design – Colchester School of Art and Design (1985)

Commissions, Collaborations, Installations, Exhibitions (1985-present)

Group exhibition – Artmill Gallery, Hyde Park Road, Plymouth (2016)

Embedded artist- Company b Dance, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (2016)

Group exhibition – Plymouth College of Art / Montpellier Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Montpellier (2017)

Group exhibition- Coffee Arts House, Barbican, Plymouth (2017)

Solo exhibition Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (2017)

Group exhibition – Great White Art, Faraday Mill, Plymouth (2017)

Group exhibition – No Format Gallery, Rolt Street, Deptford, London (2017)

Seeking the Marvellous: Ithell Colquhoun, British Women & Surrealism Conference (2018)

Group Sci-Art exhibition – Coexist Gallery, Hamilton House, Bristol (2018)

Group exhibition -Elspeth Sitters House, Barbican, Plymouth (2018)

Group Sci-Art exhibition – North Space Gallery, North Street, Bristol &

The Island, Nelson Street, Bristol (2019)

Currently working on ‘Sutton harbour project’, Plymouth (2020)