Gina Ferguson

Gina Ferguson

What inspires your art practice?
My practice is primarily installation and I am also involved in a wider range of art and craft practices. Operating in an abject and at times personal paradigm, my work is an embodiment of memory through experience and recollection. Installations are site responsive and often involve audience participation enabling a deeper reading as the nature and surface of the work changes over time. Often located in the haptic, temporal and ephemeral - experiential and textual in form, my work draws upon the connotations that are evoked by materiality, site, perception, gender and the senses (sound, touch, smell etc).

What materials do you work in?
I work with the site itself alongside a variety of organic and inorganic materials including recycled rubber, steel, wood, plastic, wool, ceramics and soap. I also work with the ephemeral, such as sound and smell.

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
The home is considered a safe haven however for many it is not a place of refuge but a space that is problematic, uncertain and unsafe. This work invites viewer participation and contemplation. Should you walk the rubber path that leads to the front door and ring the doorbell? In doing so you can consider are you coming or going, returning or leaving? Helping or choosing not to? These are the questions and choices navigated by many people everyday. Answers may remain unclear and we are reminded of the need to address the difficulties faced, help and support each other as we each walk our own difficult path.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
Outdoor Sculpture exhibitions: NZ Sculpture OnShore 2012/2014/2016/2018; The Botanic Gardens 2019/2021; Harbourview Sculpture Trail 2016; headland: Sculpture on the Gulf 2011/2013.

Where did you study?
RMIT University (Melbourne, Aus), Ilam Canterbury School of Fine Arts (Christchurch, NZ)

Sculptures by Gina Ferguson

2018 Exhibition

NZ Sculpture OnShore Returns 2021

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