I was thrilled to be selected for a 22-page article in the international contemporary art review magazine Art Habens. Picked to be featured in their Biennial Anniversary edition (10 years and going strong), I was given one of their longest spreads ever!
In the magazine interview, we touch on the way my artistic inquiry explores the elusive connection between reality and the dream-like. We touch how I became an artist and the people who influenced me. And finally, we discuss whether it’s important for the viewer to understand my artwork’s meaning when viewing it or if they should determine the meaning for themselves.
Click here to read the full article and see all seventeen full-color reproductions of my artwork.
I was recently selected as one of 14 artists to submit work for one of four New York City subway stations. I submitted my proposal two weeks ago and I am waiting to hear back soon (fingers crossed everyone, and send good karma this way). The project is quite large requiring 140 horizontal feet of artwork! I can’t fit the whole work on this page, but here are a few “snippets”. My design illustrates a world where diverse individuals (the flowers) live together without prejudice or intolerance. In this world, every flower is unique and varied, and thrives in harmony with its neighboring blossoms.
To get my own feel for Astoria, I walked around the 30th Avenue neighborhood. This community is a true melting pot of humanity. Stand on a street corner for five minutes, and you’ll hear a half a dozen languages. Watch the pedestrians, and see headscarves, yarmulkes, turbans, and Mets caps that only hinted at the mélange of different cultures that live in the area. It seems that everyone here has found their place, and that place supports the tolerance of others.
Designs and Metaphor:
The fanciful design of my diversity garden represents the Astoria neighborhood. The wild assortment of flowers pose as the diversity of nationalities, religions, and cultural traditions existing in this community. These differences complement each other and it is the vast variety of the botanical species that make the garden so appealing. Metaphorically, my garden microcosm celebrates a post racial/bias world where differences and similarities are celebrated and supported by all members of a community. I believe Astoria is growing into such a community. The ribbons weaving through the flowers suggest the connectivity of the residents in this urban neighborhood and the many ways they touch each other’s lives.
I created the flowers similar in size to the subway commuters. As people walk by the blossoms, I hope they feel that they too are part of this colorful garden, just one more welcomed flower in the tolerant landscape of Astoria.
I wanted to share my new website, www.kathyfergusonart.com, with you. It has been completely redesigned and I’d love for you to take a peak. There is some great new stuff to see including what’s listed below.
♠ My blog, now part of my website, is where I post frequent updates on my life and work as a professional artist.
♣ An “In Situ” section that shows my sold artworks hanging in homes. ♥ 6 fun facts about me (bio page) that you may not know. ♦ Information on commissioning a custom painting to fit your needs.
♠ Easy e-commerce to purchase paintings and prints of my artwork.
I am currently taking a class through the Academy of Art University for my MFA titled “Professional Practices for Fine Artists”. This past week, we have been working on our artist statements. The idea is to make an artist statement easily to read and visually rich and interesting. But this Calvin and Hobbs cartoon describes so many poorly written statements. I hope my artist statement isn’t described this way.