ECUAD | Katharine Ferns

Throughout the Emily Carr Grad Exhibition we are highlighting some of our favourite picks from the show. If you have visited the grad show, you might be wondering how you missed this large canvas. While Katharine Ferns graduated with the rest of exhibiting artists and is included in the online catalogue the offer of a great job had her packing her studio and moving to Toronto before the show opened.

Katherine has been a part of the Diane Farris Gallery team since 2003. Starting as an intern then rejoining us as a Gallery Assistant in 2009 while completing her BFA, she was a valuable staff member and brought countless hours of laughter to the gallery.

Congratulations, Katharine, both on your graduation and new career in Toronto!

Nineteenth, 2011
oil on canvas
94 x 48 inches

Artist Statement: My work focuses on the construction of identity through our remembering and the mis-remembering of the past. Our conceptions of the past, whether vivid or distorted, form our current mythologies and perceptions of ourselves. My work questions how identity is constructed when memory is disconnected, repressed or absent. Some events of the past are stored as sensory fragments without a coherent narrative or semantic guide within the mind and held as body memory under the skin. I focus on how the body holds events from the past that cannot be expressed through language. Using the visual imagery of the figure, I am questioning whether tacit communication of the body is possible in my paintings.

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