A rewarding experience to work towards my solo show ‘Borderlands’ at the silos here in Houston. Open from February 12 to April 30 in gallery 100. Absolutely perfect venue to view ‘Borderlands’ a metaphorical representation of migrants in Texas.
I am delighted to have been shortlisted for AIS (An Indian summer) 2022.
Images of the iconic silos of Houston are the basis of my work representing migrants in Texas. The photographic image is meditatively manipulated to create a 3D object. This celebration of the photograph as an object has been the driving force in the pursuit of this innovative new work.
Ferrier, Silo I. 2021
Thrilled to be selected by Emma Jones at Tate for Source Graduate Review. So exciting to be in this publication alongside such wonderful artists in my cohort, Falmouth University, Universities across the UK and Northern Ireland.
Selector’s Comment: It was the complex construction of these images, the cuttings, twistings and foldings, that really drew me in. The physicality of both photograph and object are well paired here. The black background is a clever aesthetic choice, meaning that these impossible buildings float in space and become almost three dimensional. Learning that these works explore the complexities of migration casts them in a new light – there is certainly something fragile to be found in the creases of these architectural forms, a hidden story that is waiting to be told.
Nothing else was left.
Sheriff Oscar Carillo is tasked with finding the bodies of migrants who perished trying to reach the US. This desert area is unforgiving. Many migrants desperate to find a safe home lose their lives attempting this journey. Carillos task is to find them, often there isn’t much left.
‘A Texas Sheriff’s Grim Task: Finding Bodies as Migrant Deaths Surge’. 2021. [online]. Available at: https://news.yahoo.com/texas-sheriffs-grim-task-finding-121652474.html [accessed 24 Aug 2021].
I wanted to play with scale so printed up some larger images. By accident my images were printed on both sides, rather than throw them out I decided to work with them. This is the result.
Ferrier, Double-Faced. 2021
Ferrier, Borderflow I. 2021 Ferrier, Borderflow II. 2021
Experimentation and visual exploration has been at the core of this series on migration. Since the begining of my MA at Falmouth I have been interested in what the photograph could be conceptually. This means that in order to break the boundaries of the photographic medium, I had to give myself the permission to practice without fear of failure. Allowing myself to practice without fear led to liberating and fascinating work.
My aim was to produce conceptual photographic artworks that could be appreciated in person within a gallery space. This would then be able to convey the sensory outcome desired. This made me anxious when preparing my Final Major Project. These constructed objects are thoughtfully made in what can be a time consuming process. Pushing the boundaries in small steps can be really rewarding so my explorations have continued almost seamlessly throughout the MA and overlapping modules. I felt strongly that my experimental approach was the framework underpinning my visual storytelling. This could allow the viewer to better understand my meditative approach to such a sensitive and divisive subject matter.
A metaphorical representation of migrants in Texas
I am quite excited about this large scale fabric print. It will be an excellent piece for my solo show at Sawyer Yards-Gallery 100 next year. The space at Sawyer is fantastic. I am well aware of the amount of work up that needs to be done ahead of my exhibition in February. I have received the site plan from Grace Zuniga, Sawyer Yards creative director and will work on layout plans in the next few weeks. This way I will be able to identify areas that need work ahead of time. Thrilled that I will have space for my 60ft handprinted unique state print of migrant journeys.