Mary FitzGerald is an Irish artist who lives and works in Dublin and County Waterford. After graduating from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, she moved to Japan where she lived and exhibited between 1979 and 1981. Mary FitzGerald has held numerous solo exhibitions in Ireland, Europe and the USA and has participated in group exhibitions worldwide. She has represented Ireland at ROSC, L'Imaginaire Irlandais and the XVIII Bienal de Sao Paulo. She was elected a member of Aosdána in 1990. Mary FitzGerald's work has recently been exhibited in the Renew show at the Green On Red Gallery.
'Throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, Mary FitzGerald's work was characterized by an elegant austerity and a calm, self-sufficient stillness. The natural restraint suggested by the sparing application of quasi-calligraphic marks on a monochromatic expanse of canvas or paper–she generally worked with a limited palette and frequently favoured black on white–tended deliberately towards understatement. This was subtly countered however, by the complex architechtonics of her most formally ambitious works, a number of which took the form of a modulated concatenation of canvases of disparate dimensions lined up along a notional horizon line. These works seemed to respond to the architecture in which they were installed, while simultaneously constituting an architecture of their own.
The sculptural aspect inherent in these multi-part paintings came increasingly to the fore during the 1990s, coinciding with the development of a more abrasive tone and the introduction of materials that included sheets of glass as well as various spikes, pins and clips. As it happens, the intimations of fragility and damage, injury and repair so evident in these formally inventive works derived to a significant degree from physical injuries suffered by FitzGerald in a car accident. Complications arising from this accident led to a decade-long period of withdrawal, silence and creative inactivity, the chrysalis state from which these recent works have recently emerged.' – Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith (Representing Art in Ireland, The Fenton Gallery).
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