Reclining Figure with Visible Skeleton

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Reclining Figure with Visible Skeleton
2004 - Mixed Media on Handmade Paper, 10” x 12”
This is an art piece that still requires support to become a part of Access Livings permanent collect. To help support this artist please contact Riva Lehrer at her information below.

Ferguson uses an elaborate technique to create her multilayered drawings, as with this piece, “Reclining Figure with Visible Skeleton.” Thinned oil paints, blended with bronze powders, are sprinkled onto the water’s surface, where they spread out into patterns. The floating image is transferred to paper, and the process is repeated as many as 20 or 30 times, as translucent layers of color and texture are slowly added. This paper then becomes the foundation on which a figurative image is drawn with charcoal, pastel, and oil crayon. The transparent layers suggest or reveal those aspects of life that lie beneath the surface.

The resulting works are dreamy, sensual images of the disabled female body. Ferguson uses medical imagery to reveal the mystery of the body, turning clinical language upside down and almost literally inside out.
Riva Lehrer