2020, Mixed media on canvas
32" X 20" x 7/8"
For Nā Māla, I was inspired to speak to the future of Kona’s agricultural landscape, especially in the wake of climate change. This work illustrates an aerial perspective of the Kona district. The areas highlighted with iridescent application show Kona’s dryland agricultural areas that are resilient to the effects of climate change. This depiction represents a 19% decrease rate from current agricultural zones. This data comes from three end-of-century climate change scenarios presented a 2019 study entitled, "The Potential of Indigenous Agricultural Food Production Under Climate Change in Hawaiʻi” authored by N. Kurashima, L. Fortini and T. Ticktin. My hope is that by mapping these areas it will represent a visual awareness in our role and ability to produce food, through ancestral methods, for the islands.
Bailey Ferguson creates paintings that tell a story of time and place. Her fine art practice dances between representational and abstract to create an aesthetic conversation about events occurring in her environment. The Nebraska-born artist and designer lives on Hawaiʻi Island, where she investigates the subtleties of color in nature - her greatest inspiration. In the past years the elements of fire (2018 Kīlauea eruption) and water (surfing, ocean conservation) have influenced her practice resulting in the painting series: DISPLACED, Wipeout, and Of The Sea. Recent honors include: a solo-exhibition at the Wailoa Center in Hilo (2020); Artist-At-Sea Residency sailing from Honolulu to Fiji (2019) with the Schmidt Ocean Institute; a featured story-teller at Volcano Art Center’s Stories from the Summit (2019); awarded 1st Place for her painting “DISPLACED: The Day the Red Glow Stopped” in the 2019 state-wide juried exhibition “Transformative Forces” at Kahilu Exhibits; participation in Kipaipai Professional Development Workshop at the Donkey Mill Art Center (2018).
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