Finders Keepers – Marsha Burke

Feather, Leaf, china, lid.
Finders Keepers (oil on board) Photo Credit Marsha Burke
Feather, Leaf, china, lid.
Finders Keepers (oil on board) Photo Credit Marsha Burke

This piece is about what we value in our life.  The missing part of the title is “Losers Weepers” from the playground rhyme, which in omitting, I hope will draw the viewers’ attention to the qualities and “value” of these objects. All 4 items were literally picked up off the ground while out walking – discarded, unnecessary, broken – and by collecting and then immortalising them in oil paint I have given them a new value. It aims to make the viewer re-appraise their own values. 

In an increasingly virtual world, Marsha’s concern lies primarily in returning power to ordinary objects – found, often natural/decayed – as a means of remaining actively connected to the process of being alive.  While the objects themselves are found, the compositions are the result of carefully considered decisions about the relationships between them.   

A graduate of the University of East London, and the London Institute of Education, Marsha is now a freelance artist and teacher in Ayrshire.  Her work has been shown in the RGI Annual Exhibition (2013), the Kelly Gallery, the Smithy Gallery, and she regularly exhibits locally.