Heather Burness is an Australian artist working in print based processes. Her work focuses on the ephemeral experience and phenomena of ‘place’, engaging with specific sites through in-field installations of printing plates. These later become printing surfaces for works-on-paper in her studio. She captures the marks of the flow of water, mist, low-lying clouds, fog, shorelines, groundwater, rivers, soils, atmospheric conditions and the meeting of fresh and saltwater. She is influenced by local Indigenous knowledge and Western scientific thinking. 

Heather was awarded The Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation (CAPO) Fellowship in 2011. She has a Master of Philosophy from the School of Art at the Australian National University (ANU), 2004, and has exhibited nationally and in group exhibitions internationally. She has works in the collections of Australian regional galleries, the State Library of New South Wales, the National Library of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia. She lectured at the ANU School of Art from 1996 to 2009 and in 2011 and 2012. She also editions prints for selected artists under the name Grey Lady Press.

Photo credits: 
Rob Little, photo documentation of print works
James Allen, studio photographs