Author Archives: Maureen Burdock

About Maureen Burdock

Maureen Burdock was born in the Black Forest in Germany and grew up being enchanted and awed by fairy tales, witches, and magical landscapes. At the same time, her family often told stories of the war years, making her acutely aware of a divided Germany. Burdock arrived in Chicago at age seven, where she learned to navigate a foreign environment and language with the help of teachers, books, and art. Drawing, painting and writing became both communication tools and psychological means for survival. As she matured, the artist used these tools to understand her own identity and the world at large. Burdock’s current work still incorporates narrative and visual elements to probe deeply into her psyche and to explore societal divisions and disconnections. Since 2006, Burdock has been creating a series of graphic novels that deal with gender-based violence around the world. Most recently, she has been working on an animated short film. She continues to incorporate both elements of magic and political awareness into her work. Burdock currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is working on an MFA in studio practice and an MA in Visual Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She facilitates Laydeez do Comics San Francisco, a comics forum weighted towards women creators, which originated in the UK. Burdock has won several awards for her graphic novel work, including high commendation by the global Freedom to Create International Competition and top prize in the Judy Chicago/Through the Flower, Feminist Artists Under Forty Competition. The artist has received critical acclaim by diverse reviewers, including articles in Marie Claire, Mumbai, India; Strip, Copenhagen, Denmark; and the online publications Lamp Project and Art Animal. She has published reviews and articles in publications and catalogs such as Graphic Novel Reporter, Art Practical, and WomanHouse v.4.0 Catalog. Several gender studies and world literature professors have adopted Burdock’s graphic novels for their classrooms, and McFarland will publish an anthology of the F Word Project in 2014. Burdock continues to exhibit her work in gallery and museum venues, and is looking forward to an exhibition of the art for her current book, Mumbi & the Long Run, at Space Station 65 Gallery in London in 2014.

The Libidinal Canapé: A Short Story Inspired by Dorothea Tanning’s “A Rainy-Day Canapé”

This encounter took place on a quiet, rainy Sunday afternoon. Mother, as she was later to describe the event to me, had entered the living room, clad in a sky-grey pantsuit and donning the usual tight white bun at the … Continue reading

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Art Review Kehinde Wiley: The World Stage: Israel

Kehinde Wiley’s portraits are about overcoming oppression, about re-presenting black men as creators of culture rather than as the victims or villains in the way that art and media so often casts them. Continue reading

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Occupy

Why is the peace movement using military language? What is the difference between occupying and colonizing? How can we hope to usher in a post-colonialist era by being occupiers? What do we want in the end? Certainly not peace, because … Continue reading

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To the Artists

Interesting how everything disappears: enemies, relatives, the love of those I once thought was forever, youth, the Berlin Wall and other temporary political borders, fears and such barriers I thought I couldn’t overcome… One thing stays and that is me … Continue reading

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I no longer like art.

I have decided that I don’t like art. Just having said that has freed my mind to come up with at least three new art projects! Try it some time. Just visited the Deutsche Guggenheim show of works by Yto … Continue reading

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I Am at the End of America

If we didn’t have assholes we wouldn’t have shit. Continue reading

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Of Water and Blood

This lusting for American pop-culture is really still a hunger for that piece of American pie, of fame and fortune, all cherry and bright red apple rolled into a buttery crust of rich promise. Let’s not mention what is commonly known by now—that razor blades and shards of glass are hidden in that luscious filling—that those secret weapons, masquerading as yummy and nutritious, slice tongues to bloody ribbons, silencing voices that could have said so much. Continue reading

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Four Snowmen: A Tragic Love Story

Response to Amy Cutler’s gouache painting, “Four Snowmen,” currently on exhibition at SITE Santa Fe Maureen Burdock The despondency of the situation is tangible as new snow on one’s barren head. But we’re not talking about new snow here. Nope, we … Continue reading

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Never Been Done Before

The most radical thing an artist can do in the 21st century is not to try to do something that hasn’t been done before, but to genuinely respond to situations and ideas, to move beyond her or his comfort zone … Continue reading

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Proposal for Art Triage

Art that cannot live outside the white-cube-art-institutional context is dead. Continue reading

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