Angela Burson is a visual artist working in a variety of media including painting, drawing and needlework. She is an alumna of the Savannah College of Art and Design where she received her B.F.A. in Painting. A native of Liberty, Missouri, the Savannah Georgia-based artist has exhibited her work across the U.S. and abroad, including at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, Missouri, the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah; and Gallery Most, Podgorica Montenegro.
Throughout my career, I have been influenced by anachronistic images of fashion and personal objects. My paintings and needlepoint works recontextualize outmoded styles and give them new meanings. I paint images of often headless people and their personal objects and interior spaces which signify complex psychological and social relationships with one another. Without the head, the viewer sees the clothed body not as a portrait, but as a collection of gendered objects and patterns. I am interested in the surreal connection between realistic subject matter and flat repetitive pattern. Often these images are culled from existing photographs but are transformed into contemplative, oddly positioned personages or fragments of a body. Shirts as conjoined twins, empty suits, bandaged arms, headless torsos, a suitcase, a toy boat - all are employed as signifiers, providing glimpses into the complexities of identity and the possibilities that exist in relationships between objects. The subtlety of the closely rendered detail is intended to provide the viewer insights into layers of meaning.