Vermont Supreme Court Gallery Presents Paintings by Kate Burnim

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K. Burnim, structural misgivings, 2023, oil on panel, 45 x 50

MONTPELIER – The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery presents Liminal Arc, a collection of paintings that contemplates space, time, separation and togetherness, boundaries, transition, and memory, giving shape to liminality as physical, emotional, and metaphorical. These paintings were created over the past four years during a span of time when the in-between liminal space slid into the forefront of awareness with the pandemic.

“Even as we transition into some semblance of normalcy, I believe, big picture, we continue in liminality—in transition—somewhere between what was and what will be,” says artist Kate Burnim.

The works hold questions arising from liminal space – the questions of youth today – what will be? Some paintings present a physical threshold or a moment between one state of being and another. They explore places whose nature is one of transition and holding and relationships between interior and exterior.

“Kate Burnim’s paintings convey so much, and we are thrilled to be able to present the work of this outstanding Vermont artist,” says Vermont State Curator David Schutz.

K. Burnim, Untitled (That which we carry), 2023, oil on panel, 36 x 36

Kate Burnim was born in Wimbledon, England. Most of her childhood years were spent in New England, though her formative years of adolescence returned her to London. Kate learned about art at a young age from her grandmother, a painter, printmaker, and sculptor. She later studied at Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan, Conn. As an adult, Kate studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and the Academy of Art at the University of San Francisco.

Liminal Arc will be on view from April 6 to June 30 with an opening reception during Montpelier Art Walk, April 7, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., with artist remarks at 6 p.m.

Burnim has exhibited widely, and her work is in a number of private collections. For the past three years, Burnim has been deepening her study and practice of Nonviolent Communication and is curious to see how this orientation shows up in her painting practice. She lives in Montpelier with her two children and dog, working out of her home studio.

The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery is located at 111 State St. For additional information, please contact State Curator David Schutz at (802) 279-5558 or [email protected]

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