Anne Burton

I am intrigued by secret desires we can express only through collections. Our longing for control, power and possession is often channeled through the objects we collect and arrange. The collection reflects our desires, yet reminds us of what we cannot truly possess. The objects can never step into reality and accomplish what we long for.

In my work nostalgic figurines and toys become both protagonist and landscape, acting out what lies beneath the surface.

The scale and whimsical nature of the objects I use evoke the act of play, and play as a process functions as a method of generating my imagery. I define “play” as a way of thinking with the hands, and I employ this method to distill, understand and transform reality through the objects I create and arrange. Often something as simple as the proximity of two objects can evolve into a complex narrative I expand upon through drawings, paintings, prints and animation.