ARTIST * BURNIE ELFHONDERD * NETHERLANDS
Burnie1100 - Burnie Eleven hundred stands for Bernadette (Burnie) Houtvast, the names under which she shares her art on Facebook respectively on page and timeline. As an artist, she has been active in various fields for years, but she has found her way in Digital Art for the past 2 years. The starting points are always mathematical flat shapes or a free form, which she edit in various photo, drawing and glitch apps and/or open source software, until she is satisfied. This way of working results in different styles. The aim is to create such an sphere that the viewer can take different ways, often accompanied by a title. She gets her inspiration from her imagination; they are all imaginary works that arise spontaneously during the proces. To test whether her art is appreciated, she posts her work in different art groups on Facebook. Burnie thinks that digital art, in whatever form, deserves a prominent place in Contemporary Art. She thinks that this art form is still underexposed. She therefore intends to use to promote this! One way to do that is by selling her art. In her work as a 24/7 youth worker she encounters poignant situations in growing children. The proceeds from the sold works are therefore donated to that target group.
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What is your inspirational source?
My inspiring source is the flat mathematical figure and the free form. I find it fascinating to discover what happens to these figures when I edit them in different apps and/or open source software. The possibilities are infinite. Combining is what I like most..
What are the most meaningful topics you try to represent in your work?
The most meaningful thing about my work is the creation of sphere, mood. I try to do that in such a manner that the viewer can see it in many ways, often under supervision of a title. If I also receive feedback that people want to be on the spot that I have created or gladly mention what it brings to them, then I have succeeded in my intention.
Who are the artists who encouraged you to create and why?
Not a specific artist but many. I have a broad interest. It is also who I am. I have to create, otherwise it does not feel right.
The people who have developed all those beautiful apps and open source software are encouraging me the most. Making art through the use of digital possibilities is infinite! And do not forget the people who make social media possible, so that we have a much broader platform to exhibit our work, something that every artist wants. The many likes, the comments and the advice certainly count in the encouragement.
How did you find your own style to create your digital work?
By experimenting a lot, many styles emerged. After 2 years I notice that spheres of imaginary cities, landscapes and futuristic images become more and more my style.
How do you see future technologies and how will they affect your work?
Future technologies are inescapable. I see them as something positive and follow them with enthusiasm. I will not immediately understand them all, but where I can, I will apply them in my work. I hope to come even more depht. I want to continue to grow as an artist..
We daresay that new media will soon fill the apparent dichotomy between art and technology to assimilate each other: what is your opinion about the relationship between Art production and Technology?
I see it as a relationship of collaboration and I only applaud it. If artists, educated or autodidact, become more productive, broader, larger by the people who master the art of technology, that will lift each other's talent to a higher level. So everyone will grow and the art lover can only look forward to all the beauty that is yet to come. I think that this creates a new art movement that can no longer be ignored in Contemporary Art.