Victoria Burge | Cirrus


Victoria Burge
Cirrus, 2017
4-color Screenprint with embossing on Hahnemühle Copperplate paper
Paper size 19.5 x 22.5 inches; image size 15.5 x 19 inches
Edition of 26
Printed by Brad Ewing, Marco Lawrence, and Grayson Cox

Planthouse announces the publication of a new print edition with Philadelphia-based artist Victoria Burge. Burge joined us in the studio after her 2017 two-person show with Naho Taruishi. She collaborated with Planthouse on a 4-color screenprint with embossing, the latter effect achieved by running the finished print through an etching press with a blank copper plate. Named after the wispy Cirrus clouds, the print’s imagery is inspired by atmospheric ephemera: light reflecting on water; particles of snow hanging in thick cold air; the changing landscape of a cloud. Burge imagines the topographic surfaces of these phenomena as abstract terrains in each of the four hand-drawn layers of the print, including the painterly background. Subtle variations in color and a dense network of circular nodes and trembling lines capture a sense of effervescence and movement. Cirrus builds upon Burge’s interest in celestial mapping and recent work that renders the effects of light through an elegantly minimal aesthetic. This latest print presents a new exploration of depth through a delicate system of layering.

Victoria Burge works across several disciplines, with a focus in drawing and printmaking. Her imagery is built using systems of mapping to generate abstracted cartographies of imagined terrains. The artist’s works are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, the British Museum, and the Spencer Collection at the New York Public Library, among others. Burge has also been awarded grants from the Independence Foundation in Philadelphia and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York and is the recipient of a 2018 MacDowell Colony Fellowship.

Public Collections: 
The Beinecke Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
The New York Public Library, NY