Henny Burnett United Kingdom
Henny Burnett is a mixed media installation artist who lives and works in Bristol. She attended Byam Shaw School of Art in London, Fiberworks in Berkeley, California and Edinburgh College of Art. Central to Burnett’s practice is research and public engagement; she has worked on many projects that have involved museum collections, archives and histories.
My work revolves around the small histories and stories of a particular place or object and the way these stories interact with the outside world. My current practice reflects a fascination with both museums and the personal memorabilia we all gather, asking the audience to examine how we view such artifacts today. The process of collecting, cataloguing, documenting and display are all key elements in my working process. I work in a range of media that include casting, installation, collage, assemblage, photograms, light-boxes, projections and sound. I have been awarded numerous grants, commissions and residencies. Recently I was commissioned to be the lead visual artist on Beyond the Archives part of Salisbury International Arts Festival project: Animating the Archives funded by Heritage lottery. Other work has included “National Memory - Local Stories” a creative participation project lead by The National Portrait Gallery, London and a residency at The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum in Salisbury. The b-side Festival commissioned the audiovisual installation Captain’s Cabinet that responded to Portland’s history of shipwrecks. Other examples of projects that have involved research into museum collections, archives and histories have been Elements at The Wellcome Collection in London, The Shoemaker’s Shrine at The Northampton Museum and Art Gallery and Open Desk at The Ragged School Museum in London. I recently worked on the collaborative WW1 project Cicatrix and gained an A-N travel bursary to go to Montreal on behalf of the project and was also awarded an AIDF from ACE and British Council to exhibit Cicatrix in Montreal.