Firstly, I noticed bright and attractive Fergus' designs/artworks on his Instagram page. Not only he had many pictures of his work displayed, but also link to his personal web-page which provided me with intriguing information: Fergus is a graduate from MA Fine Arts - Central Saint Martins, he has done many exhibitions throughout the years and his regular day to day practice is to steal strangers' pictures from Instagram to use them for his own artworks. All of this was enough for me to become interested in him and lucky he agreed to answer my questions!
1. Do you treat your materials/tools as if they were somebody with emotion and reasoning?
I've never thought of that before to be honest, so I guess the answer would have to be no. I work a lot with collage so I am very rough with my materials and am always tearing and cutting things. I don't really ascribe any importance to anything until it is part of a finished piece of work.
2. What was it like when you had a very first encounter with the materials/tools you use on a daily basis now?
I don't think I remember the first encounter specifically, I'd say I'm still learning and refining my technique.
3. What is your favourite part about people when they perform the act of critically looking at your artworks: do you prefer criticism, or you are more pleased when you get praise?
Ok ...of courseI love praise, please feel free to tell me things are amazing as much as you want...but I think you only hear what people really think when they are telling you what doesn't work for them. And I actually find that kind of criticism really helpful, more often than not it's something you've been secretly questioning yourself, but pretending to yourself that you don't need to confront it, and when someone else says it you're like ok everyone can see it, I need to sort that out. But I think the important thing is to learn which criticism you pay attention to.
4. Do you have your own favourite artwork? If so, which one?
I'd say the first The Fast & The Furious movie is probably as close to a perfect work of art as you can get.
5. Who is your biggest inspiration?
6. What led you to working with the colours that you are working you with now? Do you see yourself changing that?
At the moment I just like things to be brash and obnoxious. More is more...
7. How is your art beneficial for the world?
I fell like that would be quite a bold statement to make. I make work for me, because I want to make it, and if other people like it too that's a bonus.
8. Do you think that Frank Stella was right when he said that ‘Painting is a flat surface with paint on it – nothing more. It is physical object rather than a metaphor for something else. What you see is what you see.’ Why?
There are moments where I've been stood in front of 'a flat surface with paint on it' and been completely transfixed, grabbed by the work, removed from myself, taken out of my boring old thoughts and that 'surface with paint on it' does something special, I don't know what exactly, but I've experienced it a few times and it's amazing and that's what I'm always searching for in a piece of work.
9. If you had 3 lives, what would you do with them? Would you still be an artist/creative in at least one of them? Why?
No absolutely not. I spend so much time doing this in this life I want to use the others for other stuff. I'd kind of like one where I just eat everything and get fat and watch Columbo in bed all day and then have to get lifted out of the side of my house by a crane.
10. If you had 3 wishes and a magical power to make them to become true, what those wishes would be?
I've seen Aladdin, you can't trick me like this. I'm using my wishes to set you free.
11. Do think that being a female artist/creative makes it harder to be noticed in the artworld? Why?
I can't speak for female artists, but shout out to some of my faves who will be far more enlightened & eloquent and you can ask them and I 100% back whatever they say: @artistandgal @badartpresents @cksappleton @danaedoodles @fionagrobertsart @georgina.clapham @irene.sartorio @jojotaylor100 @lisacarletta @liz_elton @m.lohrum @niamhbtreacy @rbyrneblack @rosalindnldavis @rosiemcginnart @stacie_art @tamarakametani @tess_williams_studio
12. Do you think that degree in arts will help one immensely with their practice, or that it only is a tiny piece to the whole picture of what is needed to be an artist? Why?
The people I met whilst studying were the most valuable thing to come out of my degree, and I'm thinking that's true for every facet of becoming an artist?...
13. What can be done to be a sustainable/environmentally friendly artist in these days?
Don't make art? I don't know tbh, I try not to waste materials (mainly because everything's so expensive), but I use reams of paper and sprays and toxic materials and wrap stuff in bubble wrap...Actually, @liz_elton is making some great work about this, so once again I defer my answer to someone who actually knows what they're talking about...I do take my own bag with me to Aldi though.
14. Do you believe that anything is possible?
Sure, why not.
15. ONLY IF YOU ANSWERED 14th QUESTION WITH A YES – Why don’t you go and make 10thquestion’s answers a reality? What is in your way?
I told you already you are free...
More cheeky art and witty conversation can be found further on Ferg's Instagram and personal web-page, hit him up, but don't be surprised if he steals your selfie for his own project!