Using combinations of geometric and organic shapes, I create imaginary landscapes with unique inhabitants. Fantasy allows me to enter new worlds, filled with possibilities, where I explore human narratives in environments filled with anthropomorphized objects. I strive to visually act out dramas that seem both familiar and alien, with work that is often whimsical and fun, richly layered and complex. My process begins with a narrative, choosing shapes that allow me to attribute human motivations and characteristics to them. Using a variety of media in overlapping layers to create depth and mystery, I intertwine the patterns to create complexity and visual interest. The textural blending of intersecting layers of collage paper, acrylic paint and ink create curiously familiar imaginary realms. Inviting the viewer to step into these realms is like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, where nothing is altogether what it seems.
Kathy Ferguson is a mixed media artist living in New York City where she paints colorful abstract landscapes that are whimsical, richly layered and complex. Her paintings combine geometric and organic shapes to create imaginary landscapes with unique inhabitants that explore the human narrative. She received her MFA in painting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her paintings have been exhibited from California to New York City including the Denver Central Library and the Curtis Arts Center in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Kathy’s work is held in many private and corporate collections including the Four Seasons Hotel and Spa in Houston and the Roundup River Ranch Camp (a Paul Newman camp) in Colorado.