Burntown's practice aims to challenge object ontologies and the notion of being-in-the-world, perhaps from a de-anthropocentric perspective. Working predominantly in sculpture, ideas of landscape functional assemblage and diagrammatic forms often feature in her work.
Melissa Burntown (born 1988) currently lives and work in Leeds. Burntown studied BA Fine Art & Critical Theory at Middlesex University (2008-2011) graduating with First Class Honours and later obtained a distinction in MA in Fine Art at University of Leeds (2013 - 2014). Burntown has been involved in multiple artist-led projects since 2011 including Market Gallery in Glasgow where she was a committee member, and was one of the co-founders of serf in 2016. Recent projects and exhibitions include: serf ‘n’ turf: Turf Projects, Croydon, February (2019); Drilling from both sides of the stone, solo exhibition, serf, Leeds, April (2018); An Offering to Baba Yaga: serf, March Leeds, (2017); Hubris Nemesis Catastrophe: solo exhibition, LIMBO, Margate, November (2017); Exchange Rates: Sluice Art Fair, New York, October (2016); General Studies: (curated by Ryan Gander and Jonathan P Watts), Outpost Studios Gildengate House, Norwich, June-July, (2016).