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Where the sidewalk ends

Where the sidewalk ends

Date: 2006
Medium: Hard ground etching
Plate size: 47 x 75cms
Edition: 30

 
Remember me

Remember me

Date: 2007
Medium: Hard ground etching
Plate size: 47x59.5 cms
Edition: 30

     
     
First memory

First memory

Date: 2002
Medium: Hard ground etching on found plate
Plate size: 35.5 x 29.5cms
Edition: 30

 
Under the oak

Under the oak

Date: 2006
Medium: Hard ground etching
Plate size: 37 x 13.7cms
Edition: 30

One of the projects I gave the printmaking students I was teaching at the ANU in Canberra, was to ask them to make an image which related to the first memories that they could recall. I also made a print which was drawn and etched on the top of a discarded student plate I found lying in the studio. As I could not recall any first memory but just a confused jumble I decided to invent my own.
 

 

     
Wishing table

Wishing table

Date: 2007
Medium: Hard ground etching
Plate size: 59 x 89.5cms
Edition: 30

 
The storyteller

The storyteller

Date: 2009
Medium: Hard ground etching
Plate size: 59 x 89.5cms
Edition: 30

The title of this etching is taken from Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. In the image, the landscape and the dog are no longer as they were and only exist as a memory in the mind of the viewer. Places as well as people and animals hold important memories for us. We sometimes escape back to them in at different times.
 
One of my close friends has a gift for retelling his life through remarkable stories. These stories are hypnotic and come to life through a kind of alchemy which slowly unfolds like watching wood ignite and glow on an open fire. After the fire has died away we remember with clarity the vision and warmth that it gave us.
     
Piper at the gates of dawn

Piper at the gates of dawn

Date: 2009
Medium: Hard ground etching
Plate size: 59 x 89.5cms
Edition: 30

 
Tobias and the angel

Tobias and the angel

Date: 2009
Medium: Hard ground etching
Plate size: 59 x 89.5cms
Edition: 30

The etching Piper at the gates of dawn came about after I recently read Kenneth Grahame’s  classic, The Wind in the Willows. Each day as we walked our dog across Aplins Weir on the Ross River I was reminded of the author's magical description of the river and its inhabitants being awakened from their nightly slumber by the lyrical dawn call of the ancient piper.
 
In Tobias and the angel, I have combined the motif of the river with narrative elements drawn from an etching by the Dutch 17th century artist Hendrik Goudt. Unlike Goudt’s, my Tobias appears with a fishing rod rather than a staff, but the angel Gabriel is still present and continues to watch over him as he completes the mission to cure his fathers sight.
     
Ron McBurnie - Winter Light

Winter light

Date: 2011
Medium: Hard ground etching
Plate size: 59 x 89.5cms
Edition: 30

 
Lightening the load

Lightening the burden

Date: 2011
Medium: Hard ground etching
Plate size: 59 x 89.5cms
Edition: 30

I have always been interested in producing etchings which depict a late afternoon or evening light of the approaching winter months. Winter light started this journey when I came across an old sheep farm near Bungendore in New South Wales. When I noticed it I remember stopping abruptly and getting out of the car to enjoy the shapely silhouette of the farm as the sun began to set behind the distant hills surrounding Lake George.
 

I was asked to make this etching as a commission for a Stations of the Cross exhibition at St Ives uniting Church in Sydney. In the fifth station Simon of Cyrene is asked to help Christ carry the cross. In my etching a helpful neighbour assists in clearing trees after the devastating North Queensland cyclone.

 

© Ron McBurnie 2009