Walawaani Njindiwaan.
Ngayaga bundj nguumbun muladha gumara muruul yuwinj wanggan njin dhugandha.


We recognise Aboriginal peoples as the first people and custodians of Country.

South East Centre for Contemporary 
Art acknowledges and pays respect to the traditional custodians of the lands, waterways and airspace of the Bega Valley Shire.

Heather Burness : A Time of Concentration

29 Jun — 11 Sep 2024


SECCA : Chambers Gallery

from left : Heather Burness, Variation 5, 2023, multiplate colour intaglio print, Variation 3, 2023, multiplate colour intaglio print, edition of 2,© the artist

Heather Burness is an Australian artist working in unconventional print-based processes, drawing and web-based photography. Her work has focused on ephemeral phenomena and the experience of ‘place’, engaging with selected sites (in Australia and overseas) through in-field installations of mild steel plates within the environment. The plates capture the marks of transient micro events such as the flow of water, mist, low-lying clouds, fog, shorelines, groundwater, rivers, soils, atmospheric conditions, and the meeting of fresh and saltwater. These later become printing surfaces for works-on-paper in her studio. She is influenced and guided by Indigenous knowledges and histories, western scientific thinking and the aesthetic concerns of abstraction.

Burness completed a Master of Philosophy (Visual Arts) and taught at the ANU School of Art for 15 years, and occasionally, at the National Art School in Sydney. She has exhibited nationally and in group exhibitions internationally since 1989. Burness has also editioned works for significant artists under the name of Grey Lady Press. She has works in the collections of Australian regional galleries, including SECCA, the State Library of New South Wales, the National Library of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia.