Frances Burden Against Idleness
Frances Burden embriodery on canvas 

embroidery on canvas

9 - 18 March 2012

The works presented in Frances Burden’s first solo show at Danielle Arnaud explore how process and making can be both adaptable and purposeful. As part of an on-going investigation into the convergence of fine art and craft practices there is particular emphasis on the possibility for the work to be useful or functional. Specific interest lies in Anni Albers, Enid Marx (a one-woman industry) and Sonia Delaunay who, either through necessity or desire, worked in both the applied and the fine arts.

 Squared canvas and drawing paper are used strategically to limit the kind of marks that can be made; likewise the range of coloured thread is determined by the manufacturer. These restrictions become starting points for the designs and drawings to explore the structure and systems inherent in pattern making. Eventually there is a pile of paper patterns, stitched lengths and fabric scraps. Swatches samples and fragments, a display of endeavour.

Frances Burden studied at the Slade and now lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions include War Rooms Danielle Arnaud London 2011; The Alternative Village Fete with homeliveart at the Royal National Theatre London 201; Jerwood Drawing Prize Jerwood Space London 2009 and in July 2012 she will be showing work in Curious an exhibition at West Norwood Cemetery, London.