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Wendy Ferguson

Ferguson’s paintings lie somewhere between abstraction and representation.  She is interested in how paint behaves materially. Thin washes are contrasted with thicker, textural passages of paint. Abstracted mark making is juxtaposed with representational rendering of recollected images based on the agricultural Irish landscape and the changing weather. It is a painting process that is largely intuitive; an act of discovery that connects unintended relationships of painterly process and organic mark making. Ferguson does not deal with realism. Rather, her aim is to depict a record of a particular light and atmosphere – the distillation of the transient moment within a remembered landscape. There is a human presence made manifest through sub-conscious mark making. She aims to translate the elemental through paint and conjure those fleeting changes in the land, the weather and the seasons. Ferguson recently graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art (Painting) from Ulster University, Belfast.  Since then she has been awarded the position of ‘Artist in Residence’ for the 2016/17 academic year by Ulster University.  Ferguson has exhibited in collaborative shows across Belfast and Co. Fermanagh.  Successfully she received a two week residency for the Tyrone Guthrie centre at Annaghmakerrig which was awarded by The Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen and Fermanagh/Omagh Arts Council.

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