Santa Fe University of Art and Design present
by artist Maureen Burdock
This event is free and open to the public.
Please note: This event has been canceled, according to a SFUAD representative.
The Art Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) announced that it will present artist and SFUAD alumna Maureen Burdock (’11) for a film screening and talk on Friday, April 19 at 6 p.m. in Tipton Hall on campus. The artist talk and screening of her animated short film, The Terrible Longing, is free and open to the public.
“In my animated short film, The Terrible Longing, I explore my relationships with Longing,” explains Burdock. “In this film, Longing is a complex character – a bald woman with tentacles instead of legs, dwelling in the basement of my home or in the depths of my psyche. Her stomach has its own insatiable mouth. No matter how much I feed the Longing, she is never satisfied. I am afraid of this creature, but come to realize that she is part of me, and so I consent to give her voice. I try to explain to her that terrible things happen to women who reveal their longings to the world, but she reminds me that some women achieve greatness precisely because they reveal their longings and risk following them. I must choose between being consumed by the Terrible Longing, or following her.”
Since 2006, Burdock has been creating a series of graphic novels that deal with gender-based violence around the world. 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, New Mexico 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, Mosi & the Long Run, at Space Station 65 Gallery in London in 2014.
Burdock's work is included in the Brooklyn Museum Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art Base.