NZSOS 2018

John Ferguson

What inspires your art practice?
I am passionate about discovering and expressing the thoughts, dreams and hopes of the human heart. I express my own story through creating art objects. I am drawn to the movement, shape and warm rich colours naturally inherent in wood and stone, and to the powerful strength of steel and aluminium. Subtle hints of the human figure, seen in man-made objects and within Nature, are recurring themes in my work. Everyday items take on a touch of humanity and become pieces of art. Simple yet elegant forms, telling a story through subtle movement, jump from the pages of my personal journal onto my work bench.

What materials do you work in?
Wood, Stone, Aluminium, Steel and Composite stone

Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018 .
Fallen:A tribute to those who are not with us anymore. Their memory is all around us and they will remain in our hearts until the end. We will remember them, for they are ours and we are theirs. Life: “Wonderful opportunities in life come with an element of risk.” Beyond these words I will resist the temptation to explain this work in the hope that the viewer will uncover their own understanding.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
“The Future Laid in the Past II” Western BOP Museum.
“Blooming Buckets” – Sculptureum Matakana.
“Pukeko” Birkenhead.
“Window” Browns Bay Library.
D’Oyly Reserve Bridge balustrade. Mason Pond Bridge & Albany Senior High balustrades.
“Live It” Alexandria Library, Egypt.
“The Seed” in collaboration with Liviu Mocan. North Shore Hospital.
“Khulu” Windwhistle, Canterbury.
“La Passione” TSB Wallace Arts Centre.

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