NZSOS 2018

Gina Ferguson

What inspires your art practice?
I am senior lecturer in contemporary art and curator of Gallery One in the department of Design and Contemporary Art: Creative Industries at Unitec. The relationship between practice and teaching and enabling an experience through art is important to me. My work is often self-reflexive and discusses ideas centred around site, identity, time and experience. Drawing upon memory and personal narratives that are situated in a domestic and predominantly female rural paradigm inform both the concepts, and making of my work. My practice is predominantly installation, I am inspired by materials that are temporal and abject and these are considered in response to site, context and the haptic.

What materials do you work in?
I work with a range of tactile materials that may evoke narratives through memory or experience with the viewer. I predominantly work with wool, wood, lead, hair (horse and human) ceramics, fibre and rubber.

Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018 .
Located in a pohutakawa tree, ‘Sway’ draws upon childhood memories associated with play and family excursions to the countryside, river or beach. It is invitation to consider a moment of escape, providing a space to snuggle up beside the softness of wool, listen and swing. Conversely, when not in use, the swing and knotted woollen rope may evoke a sense of loss or loneliness, as the absence of the child becomes pronounced alongside the evidential passing of time.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
I have exhibited in Australia and New Zealand. Related outdoor sculpture exhibitions include:
NZ Sculpture OnShore (Auckland) 2016, 2014, 2012.
2016 Harbour View Sculpture Trail (Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland)
Kaipara Coast (sculpture exhibition) 2017, 2016. (Kaipara)
Headlands;Sculpture on the Gulf. 2011, 2013. (Waiheke Is)
Shapeshifter 2012 (Wellington)

www.contemporaryartsunitec.wordpress.com
Email gferguson@unitec.ac.nz


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