Swindon Museum and Artwork Gallery have not too long ago acquired two works by Dee Ferris for his or her everlasting assortment, by means of the CAS Positive Artwork Acquisition Scheme.
Dee Ferris makes use of large-scale canvases to immerse the viewer in fields of color, emotive brushwork and enigmatic imagery. She treads the road between abstraction and figuration, resisting a finite narrative while evoking a way of sunshine, house and power. Ferris makes use of an intense course of the place she finds reference photos which then are dissolved and re-emerge in her work.
The Locations We Go is from Ferris’ newest sequence Azyl/Azul, which explores humanity’s uncomfortable and contradictory relationship with panorama imagery. Epic vistas, deep blue voids and humble figures suggest a story that lies simply past our attain. What could also be perceived as tranquil escapism, might simply as simply conjure concepts of hazard and isolation. With its chic high quality and hyperlinks to the pure panorama, The Locations We Go enhances the neo-romantic work of John Piper and Graham Sutherland whose artworks are already represented in Swindon’s assortment. It additionally brings narratives about migration and social isolation to panorama portray, inviting conversations pertinent to problems with the current.
Sleepy Hole presents an intricate community of pastel tones, pierced by moments of luminous mild. The hint of a plant type prevents Sleepy Hole from being fully summary and suggests an intimate perspective on a big scale.
The Locations We Go and Sleepy Hole are on account of go on short-term show at Swindon Museum and Artwork Gallery when it reopens in 2023. These two work by Ferris symbolize completely different levels of her profession. But, in equal measure, they enrich the robust illustration of panorama portray and large-scale gestural canvases that are already represented in Swindon’s assortment. In addition they converse to different not too long ago acquired up to date artworks, which deal with themes of place, reminiscence, individualism and picture consumption.
Dee Ferris (b. Paulton Somerset, 1973) lives and works in Brighton. Current solo exhibitions embrace Corvi-Mora, London (2022); Corvi-Mora, London (2017); Taro Nasu, Tokyo (2007). Current Group exhibitions embrace PI Artworks, London (2022); Attercliffe, Sheffield (2018); Nottingham Modern and Tate St Ives (each 2013).