Summer is here and the sun is shining again, not only on our revived social lives, but also in the art world. After more than a year of interruptions, thanks to pandemic restrictions ART has resurfaced throughput the country in FULL FORCE. With “S I D E s h o w” I welcome you to join me for some Road Trippin on Art as my travels take me from Florida to Maine. Meet Artist in residence Karen Fitzgerald, who’s studio I visited at the Torpedo Factory in. Alexandria Virginia. Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the nation’s largest collection of working-artists’ open studios under one roof.
Karen Fitzgerald I’m a failed physics professor and fiction writer, turned artist only after trying to fit my love of magic into more practical boxes. What most compels me about being an artist is the calling for authenticity, championing merit in a disposable world, and digging in the dirt for clues to what holds us together.
I make art out of common, everyday things. Through the context of these materials—their purpose and place in our lives—I explore inherent values and meanings, fascinated by our collective beliefs and their reflections in the world around us. In practice, this involves breaking down materials from junk mail to discarded clothing, seeking out color and shape, and building structural collages. Preserved with resin, my work takes on a jewel-like, reflective finish, provoking a closer look at what lies below the surface. I work primarily in series, five year cycles focused on subjects and materials I find particularly relevant. In 2022, I will complete and exhibit (details forthcoming) the first of these series, MARGINALIA, constructed from encyclopedias, a relic of our recent past, in a world changing at such frantic speed that we’ve barely the chance to question our direction or destination. Where are we headed? What do we want to create?
I am fascinated by Karen’s use of different shapes and materials in creating these authentically stunning works of art. Please check her out at karenfitzgeraldart.com or on Instagram at Karen.fitzgeraldart
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“ If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” - Lewis Carroll
July 2021 TeddsARTworks