Nick Ferguson - Art Activist “The marks we’ve made no.2”

23 Nick Ferguson - Art Activist-The marks weve made no.2 Acrylic on board 40 x 20 cm $ 1250.jpg
23 Nick Ferguson - Art Activist-The marks weve made no.2 Acrylic on board 40 x 20 cm $ 1250.jpg

Nick Ferguson - Art Activist “The marks we’ve made no.2”

1,250.00

Acrylic painting on board 50 x 60 cm

Nick Ferguson, 2018 Artist Statement:

‘The marks we’ve made’ is a series of paintings exploring my fascination with the destructive and yet undeniable aesthetic qualities of mining landscapes. Growing up in Newcastle, I watched tonnes of coal pass on long trains to ships constantly waiting on the horizon, and later saw the epic open cut mines in person on trips in regional NSW. I felt conflicted viewing these vast fissures: intellectually I saw them in the context of climate change and sustainability as a finite resource causing global damage, yet physically I was mesmerised by their scale, colour and drama.

I tried to see more of these man-made wounds in the earth, however it was difficult - tree facades and well-placed mounds blocked most view points, and I was too fearful or timid to jump the fences. So working form sketches and photographs I interrogated these landscapes in my studio, studying the faceted forms, stepped platforms and steep cliffs closely.

I wanted to present images that evoked those responses in viewers, and highlight just how much we change the land we stand on for the price of energy and progress.

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