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Ros Burgin

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After an initial career as a professional sailor Ros went on to take a degree in Fine Art at University for the Creative Arts. Since graduating in 2002, she has been exhibiting in sculpture parks and galleries as well as making site-responsive and site-specific pieces and installations for different locations. She is interested in sustainability particularly of the marine environment and women's role in society and accordingly she makes pieces that advocate for social change.

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Ros has produced an ongoing series of pieces based on the River Thames between Teddington Lock and the Barrier, a 28-mile stretch of tidal water and is creating new artworks in response to different characteristics of the River and the idea of value. Ros is introducing Thames Drawing 5 in this exhibition as a ‘plastic river’ responding to the now widely discussed fact that plastic litter discarded on land is carried by wind and rain into our drainage networks or rivers that then flow into the sea. Major rivers around the world carry an estimated 1.15-2.41 million tons of plastic into the sea every year.

The allure of precious metals and obsession with how to make gold has fascinated alchemists for thousands of years, but now scientists have finally solved the mystery.

In 2017 an international team of astronomers detected the first gravitational waves from merging neutron stars, and found proof they are the source of the universe\'s heavy elements, including gold and platinum. The finite amount of gold on Earth is estimated to fill 2 Olympic sized swimming pools.

Thames Drawing 2 not only describes the river in a unique way but also serves as a document of the activity on the River over the summer of 2016. It is a work that is composed of names, a poignant form of address all people carry with them and a point of contact with different cultures and languages.

Ros make artwork often using found material and found objects, used as a whole or in parts, selected because of their intrinsic qualities and aesthetics. She adapts and takes on new working methods accordingly employing a variety of processes to develop new pieces.

There is a conceptual starting point for much of her work and she works out her ideas in whatever material or form is appropriate, researching the material and objects recycled and looking into to the processes used to make them and why they were used and by whom. This informs and influences the final artworks.


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