Full Artist's statement
Can we escape the conflict that surrounds us? However practical or necessary, how does security’s growing presence affect the ways we experience one another? These are just a few of the questions Karen Fitzgerald raises through her work out of common, everyday things. Through the context of these materials—their purpose and place in our lives—she explores inherent values and meanings, fascinated by the intricacies of our relationships as well as the contradictions that often dictate the ways we move around in the world.
In practice, this involves breaking down materials from junk mail to discarded clothing, seeking out color and shape, and building them into structural collages. Preserved with resin, Fitzgerald’s work takes on a jewel-like finish, highlighting both the beauty and mystery of the conversation it aims to create.
Karen Fitzgerald works in Alexandria, VA and is collected throughout the US and internationally. Since 2017, she has focused on the creation of a series of large pieces out of encyclopedias, examining how quickly we’ve changed the way we think about and share information, but plans to exhibit more broadly in 2020.