Femi Ford, Warwick, NY Member Since February 2011 Artist Statement Femi Ford is a Printmaker and Surface Pattern Designer living in the Hudson Valley. She incorporates her original drawings and linocuts into designs for textiles, stationary and wall art.
Her prints appear vibrant and organic taking inspiration from nature & music. When not making art, she enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, gardening, volunteering or just relaxing with her family.
2017 Once Upon a Time – Albert Wisner Library, Warwick, NY
2016 Politicked Off – Milkweed Gallery
2015 New Directions, Albert Wisner Library, Warwick, NY Amity Gallery Holiday Show
2014 Art in the Park, Pine Island, NY Orange County Arts Council Members Show, Pine Island, NY
2013 Open Studio with Gary Genetti & Mena Messina, Warwick, NY Art in the Park, Pine Island, NY It’s all Relative, Albert Wisner Library, Warwick, NY
2012 Humane Society Fundraiser: WVFA Gallery, Warwick, NY (curator, director, installer, PR) High Note: WVFA Gallery, Warwick, NY (curator, director, installer, PR) In Motion: WVFA Gallery, Warwick, NY (curator, director, installer, PR) Splashes N Dashes: Albert Wisner Library, Warwick, NY Signs of Spring: WVFA Gallery, Warwick, NY (curator, director, installer, PR) Orange County Studio Tour
2011 Solo Show: WVFA Gallery, Warwick, NY Orange County South Studio Tour
2009 Group Show: hid(in) hoboken, Eureka Art Market Gallery, Hoboken, NJ Group Show: hob'art's hoboken, Hoboken Historical Museum, Hoboken, NJ Group Show: Paterson Artwalk, Paterson, NJ Group Show: 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, Maplewood, NJ
2008 Group show: Viridian Artists, 530 W 25 #407, Chelsea, NY Group show: Sovereign Bank, Hoboken, NJ Group show: GOFE, Hoboken, NJ Group show: Palisades Multimedia Center, Palisades Park, NJ Hoboken Studio Tour & Jersey City Studio Tour
2007 Solo show: The Elegant Universe, Gala Studio, Hoboken, NJ Solo show: Fluidity, Sovereign Bank, Hoboken, NJ
Group show: In the Shadows of Manhattan, The Atrium Gallery, Washington Township, NJ Group show: Hob'art Members Show, Sovereign Bank, Hoboken, NJ Group show: Hob'art Members Show, 545 Washington Blvd., Jersey City, NJ Group show: The Litany of Chaos in the Universe, Galería Goba: Hoboken, NJ
2004 Solo show: Debut, Rodeo Ristra, Hoboken, NJ
Group show: Hob'art Members Show, Symposia, Hoboken, NJ Group show: Gritty, Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2007 School of Visual Arts, NYC 2004 School of Visual Arts, NYC 2003 Art Students League, NYC 1998 Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY BA, Printmaking Concentration Graduated with Departmental Distinction in Art 1998 Arkell Hall Award in Art 1997 Top Honors - Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition 1994 Graduated from Warwick High School
I enjoy painting with oil or acrylic on canvas as well as creating etchings on paper. Both mediums allow me to develop rich, layered compositions.
My technique for painting involves building up areas of texture through the application of layers of gesso & paint. My etchings are developed using several techniques on one plate; such as pressing linear textures into soft ground, drawing into hard ground, and aquatinting. I usually work on several pieces concurrently and the process is most often spontaneous in order to achieve a fluid and organic final product.
My work addresses themes related to time, space, energy and nature. I am inspired by the words of Walt Whitman as well as “String Theory." Many physicists now believe that strings -- miniscule multidimensional vibrating strands of energy thought to make up all matter -- hold the key to uniting the world of the very large and the very small in a single theory sought by Einstein and countless others. Creating art allows me to step out of the real world’s boundaries.