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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

Karen Fitzgerald

Karen Fitzgerald

Artist Work

Obey All the Rules, Miss All the Fun (ii)
2016
expired gallery cards
24x60"
Body Lines
2015
pen on junk mail
11x14"
What Else They Are
2016
expired gallery cards
30x40"
All of It, Even Its End
2015
junk mail
30x40"
Breaking the Bridge Over Which We Must Pass
2015
discarded clothing
30x40"
From the Depths
2014
recycled caps and black & white photographs
24x30"

Artist Information

County
St. Mary's County
Phone
7706558391
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I create art out of common, everyday things. From discarded clothing to junk mail, I'm motivated by the context of a material—its original purpose and place in our lives as well as the many hands and ideas involved in its creation. I "make paint" by breaking these materials down, seeking out color and shape, and putting them back together again in ways that celebrate what we value and why it matters. It's sustainable in practice but, more importantly, fueled by a fascination of the elements we most cherish and wish to preserve in ourselves, each other, and the world around us.

Artist Bio

A mentor of mine once said that if I was meant to be a writer, I would fail at everything else.  So when people stumble upon me and my work and ask me how I came to call myself a sustainable artist, I tell them I failed my way into it.  I wanted to be a physics professor and then a writer, someone who had the correct formulas and knew the workings of things.  It took me over thirty years to figure out my passion involves playing with things others throw away and making art that asks more questions than it answers.