Rosalyn Burgin

Artist Statement
After an initial career as a professional sailor I went on to take a degree in Fine Art at University for the Creative Arts Since graduating in 2002 I have been exhibiting in sculpture parks and galleries as well as making site-responsive and site-specific pieces and installations for different locations.  I am interested in sustainability particularly of the marine environment and women’s role in society and accordingly I make pieces that advocate for social change.

I make artwork often using found material and found objects, as a whole or in pieces, selected because of their intrinsic qualities and aesthetics. I adapt and take on new working methods accordingly employing a variety of processes to develop new pieces.

There is a conceptual starting point for much of my work and I work out my ideas in whatever material or form is appropriate. I research the material and objects I recycle looking into to the processes used to make them and how and why they were used and by whom. This informs and influences what I do with them and my choices of working method.

I am currently working on a series of pieces based on the River Thames between Teddington Lock and the Barrier, a 42-mile stretch of tidal water. I am creating new maps in response to different characteristics of the River discovered by walking along its banks.