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 and the thing I have always done. The art. As long as I can remember. The content changes but the feelings stay the same. It doesn’t matter what the art world or the markets do. Pencil or pen to paper and the sap flows from the underground aquifer of collective subconscious and I am. It’s like falling in love without ever having to wait for the right moment, the right person. It’s always right. I’m it. I’m the one I can count on forever. The only one.

Some days I want it never to end. Other days I look at the clock. Everywhere in the world, artists are making. Making It. We Are. Minimalists, conceptual artists, folk artists, literary artists, dancers… The medium is irrelevant. There is no superior form or genre. We Are. We never have to wait. We’re always right here. We are the ones we can count on. The only ones. We are creating culture, history, and hope, together, right now.

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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.
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