Agnes Burris is an artist currently living and working in Columbus, OH. Originally from rural Mississippi, Agnes studied anthropology and art at Columbia University in NY, NY. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Anthropology from Mississippi State University in 2006. Her work has been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally.
My art practice is based in the painting tradition and continually seeks to reference, challenge, and reinterpret this tradition. Coming from an academic background in anthropology and archaeology, I am intrigued by the mechanics of meaning. Paintings as cultural objects acquire meaning from a myriad of contexts such as art history, form, process, intent, etc . . . Meaning can continually evolve as the object interacts with other artifacts in culturally charged spaces such as galleries, museums, studios, and homes. The exhibition is itself a creative act and imparts a specific significance to the objects involved. Ultimately, I question the boundaries of painting by experimenting with the temporal and spatial loci of the art-making action. Representation, abstraction, collage, mechanical reproduction, are among the many methodologies I exploit in my investigations. How I paint is determined by what I am painting.