Born in Pretoria (1959), Inge Burman now resides in Cape Town where she works from her home studio. Inge graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Unisa in 2010 and holds a National Journalism Diploma from the Pretoria Technikon. She has participated in several group exhibitions over the years; exhibiting at Beit Berl, Israel (1982), The Natal Society of Arts, The AVA Ruth Prowse Art School (1990s), The Innovative Threads exhibitions at Artspace, Durban (2007), and the Mi’story Exhibition at the Jean Welz Gallery, Worcester.
More recently her work was featured in 19 Shades of me, an online exhibition held by the EDG Gallery and one of her works is currently on exhibition in the Home is Where the Art is at the Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town.
From 2012 to 2014 Inge’s works continued to reach final rounds in the Vuleka and Sasol New Signatures Competitions. In 2015, her work titled Undergrowth won first place in the Vuleka Competition held annually by the Arts Association of Belville.
For the past couple of years Inge participated in various workshops with the CAP Institute under the tutelage of Prof. Elfriede Dreyer. The last of these which was held at the Gallery at Glen Carlou in December 2020, which culminated in a group exhibition at the gallery.
The series of works in this exhibition titled Confronting the Pandemic is a response to the Covid-19 pandemic and how the various measures enforced to contain it, particularly social distancing, result in a pre-occupation with the self. At a time when faces are masked and opaque, the faces portrayed in this work invite inspection. The reverse of each visage, visible and vulnerable, alludes to the deconstruction and re-imagining of the self.
The different permutations of the self-portrait (added in thread) represent vicissitudes of mood, facial expression, and hairstyle engendered by the circumstances of disconnection. The confrontation with, or unmasking of, the self becomes obsessive, repetitive, and monotonous, reflecting the interminable days of lockdowns and restrictions. One image morph into the next, posing the question, “who is the person in the mirror? Another aspect of visibility is invoked by the series of frames, which echo the boxes in zoom meetings – a newly normalised mode for social interaction.