‘These paintings reflect the physical energy I feel is inherent to the natural world and demonstrate the importance of light in sustaining that energy. In my works it is colour which illuminates the pulse running through all living things, expressing the transformative affects of light that I see when I observe plants, rock formations or sunlight on trees.
There is a moment in the creative process where my paintings break free from my intentions and become both colour and line operating autonomously. I respond to every mark or colour and how it affects the painting in its entirety. Each work at some point develops its own energy and becomes an independent organism — existing, changing, and adapting as any plant or animal would in its natural environment.’
— Vivienne Ferguson, 2020
'Vivienne Ferguson cultivates her art practice from a studio in the Blue Mountains, where she relocated from Sydney a decade ago. There she works as a gardener for a small number of clients who share a love of art and an appreciation for her unique sensibility. Over the last ten years Ferguson has presented five solo exhibitions in Sydney and Auckland, accumulating an impressive body of work consisting of a distinctive and highly personal visual language.
In the studio, Ferguson guides her hand across the canvas in gestures corresponding to her familiarity with working with the earth. At times these marks are small and floral. At other times, the artist’s expression is as strong and sweeping as the winds which blow hard through the mountains’ bending eucalypts. Each mark has a descriptive purpose and produces its visual impact through the artist’s continuing immersion in the unique environment of the Blue Mountains.'