Pride Protest mural

Florence Burns on chronic illness and creativity

We speak to the Manchester-based illustrator and animator about how she uses her practice as a platform to discuss everything from disability discrimination to LGBTQIA+ liberation

Florence Burns’ work is steeped in activism. Primarily made digitally, her illustrations and animations feature contrasting fluorescent colour palettes, grainy gradients, and people in strong poses with exaggerated bodily proportions. She uses her art as a means to confront social and political issues such as gender-based violence and disability discrimination, often collaborating with activists, writers and spoken word artists to allow for the inclusion of different perspectives and experiences.

Much of the illustrator and animator’s practice is informed by her personal experience of invisible respiratory disabilities, which she describes as a “complex and life-threatening cocktail of conditions”. As well as being diagnosed with Tracheobronchomalacia, a rare condition that results in the trachea and bronchial tubes closing down or collapsing, she also has severe allergic asthma and Inducible Laryngeal Obstruction, where involuntary larynx constrictions regularly shut off her air supply.

Viva La Accessible Revolution project by illustrator Florence Burns
Viva La Accessible Revolution