Genre and medium: Various metals, stones and found objects
Burgess's studio is a large and flexible space in a converted garage. There are full-width overhead doors for easy movement of large pieces. The room has lots of natural light from a large glass brick window; the walls and ceiling are white, as in a gallery - and, in fact, Burgess displays finished pieces on the walls and often photographs them there. But in many other respects the studio resembles a welder's workshop. There is professional welding equipment, a blue and yellow industrial exhaust system, lovingly named Oskar, rolling steel tables and large light bars - all built by the artist herself. On many surfaces are piles and bins of found objects and steel rods or sheets waiting for Catherine's inspiration to place them precisely in a piece. Burgess stores paints in an old, funky red fridge that has accompanied her from studio to studio throughout her career.
The petite artist looks like the welder she is when she dons her work clothes - a heavy, long leather jacket, steel-toed boots, thick leather gloves and a full welder's hood.
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