Fern Long

Artist Statement

Architecture, urban landscape and personal history intersect in my art practice. I explore theidea of home in my paintings and the built environment in the sculptures that I construct. Ineach series, I endeavor to consider the spaces we inhabit and how we move through themphysically and emotionally.In my paintings, wooden supports in the shape of a house are beguilingly simple but the subjectof home is complex. What does it mean to have a home? A prison or a refuge? A place ofbelonging or no more than a suitcase; it is a physical space but also an emotional landscapeinextricably bound with memory. Domestic objects – a chair, a lamp, a coffee cup, stand in ascharacters in these abstracted interiors that combine color and fragments of text to create openended narratives.My sculptural work then expands from personal spaces into the urban/industrial landscape.Using found/salvaged materials like wood, cardboard and plastic I respond to their materiality tobuild structures and installations that reflect the rapid expansion of cities and their resultingcast-offs. Left in piles by the roadside or in dumpsters they call out to be turned into somethingmore. Reimagined, they retain their history while becoming something entirely different.

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01 FLong Cul de Sac Installation Shot 2019

Cul de Sac Acrylic on Cardboard Installation shot, size variable – 16 pieces 2019 $800

02 FLong DOCTOR APPOINTMENT ACRYLIC ON BOARD 25x31x2cm 2019

Doctor Appointment, acrylic on board, 25 x 31 x 2cm, 2019

03 FLong LATE NIGHT 2019 ACRYLIC ON BOARD 21x32x2cm 2019

Late Night, acrylic on board, 21 x 32 x 2cm, 2019

04 FLong L to R I could Live There and Lucky Acrylic on Board 4x8 ft 2019

I Could Live There (Left) Lucky (Right) 4×8 ft. Each 2019 City of Victoria Commission

05 FLong L to R Paper Tigers and All Flies Flies and Goes Acrylic on Board 4x8 ft 2019

Paper Tigers (Left) All Flies, Flies and Goes (Right) 4×8 ft each 2019 City of Victoria Commission

06 FLong CREEP IN A TEE-SHIRT Installation Shot

Creep In A Tee-Shirt, cardboard, acrylic paint, paper mache and thread, 40 x 120 x 38 cm, 2019

08 FLong Force Majeure Installation shot 2019

Force Majeure, plastic with tape, tempera paint on wall (installation view), size variable, 2019

09 FLong Government St diptych charcoal on cardboard 182x91 cm 2019

Government Street, charcoal on cardboard, 182 x 91 cm

10 FLong Return Ticket Acrylic spray paint and collage on board 30x35x2cm 2019
Return Ticket, acrylic, spray paint and collage on board, 25 x 45 x 2cm, 2019

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