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March 2013


Imprints of Nature and Human nature

by Samantha Romero

Vibrant colors, detailed carvings, and layered textures are a few characteristics of Fatemeh Burnes’ artwork found in the Mt. SAC art gallery.


Burnes’ students and colleagues put together the exhibition,“Imprints of Nature and Human Nature,” as an anniversary celebration for 20 years of teaching. The exhibit features a collection of unique paintings and photographs by Burnes, 57, art instructor and curator of exhibitions. It will be on display until April 21.


There is a luring tone of creativity and passion in Burnes’ work.


“The content of my work in general painting and photography is imprints of nature, human nature and sometimes literal imprints,” Burnes said. “I’m very interested in history, human behavior, tragedies, indulgences, and needs and believing that we are nature and how we can be destructive.”


Her work further illustrates the relationships that are found between humans and nature.


“I celebrate beauty and also my work is not autobiographical so it’s about the world, it’s about relationships, it’s about these connections,” Burnes said.


Burnes brings unique methods by incorporating technology into her work that art enthusiasts can appreciate.


“Fatemeh is not an actual traditional artist because she is using copper, acid and natural pigment to create a work of art,” said Anna Mendoza, 23, a former student of Burnes.


Throughout the exhibit each room projects a distinct atmosphere.


“I think it’s very well balanced [exhibit rooms] where you can see her roots where she is a painter, she is very figurative and almost like Disney animations,” Mendoza said.

Burnes adds a unique and interesting perspective into her artwork.


“You can see this experimental and uninhibited side to her work and to herself, because she is really diverse,” Mendoza said.


As one transitions from room to room the art pieces do not cease to surprise the observer.


“I am in complete awe of her skill and these are beautiful works,” Julienne Andrews, an artist inspired by Burnes said. “When I am in a room with this kind of excellence I can not wait to get to my studio.”


Burnes’ work is visually captivating and mesmerizing.


“The important thing for me was that I couldn’t fully anticipate how glorious the display is and in fact several walls caught me entirely by surprise,” said Peter Frank, 62, an art critic and close friend of Burnes. “They look certainly better than I had anticipated.”

Throughout this exhibit, Burnes wants to perpetually inspire others to make a difference.


“I think because my work is based on humanity, I’m hoping that I will evoke some sort of sense of either emotions or curiosity and interest,” Burnes said.


“Life is very subtle and with the simplest and most subtlest ways, we can make differences. It is all about rhythm and this exhibition is all about rhythm.”

Samantha Romero



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