The Heidi Cho Gallery is pleased to present Margaret Fitzgerald in her first one person show in New York.
Born in London, England, Fitzgerald attended the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and the School of Visual Arts, NY, before receiving her Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, in 1995.
“In Spanish, Tener Duende is loosely defined as having a soul. It is the spirit of the earth, a mysterious power struggle. The spirit is what I seek in my work as I try to represent a connectedness to the earth, life and death.” says Fitzgerald. Through the layering of paint, form, and color I hope that the next painting will bring me closer to emanating this spirit.”
Constructing and deconstructing is an important aspect of the artist’s process. Her work encompasses a series of decisions about adding and subtracting paint and collaged materials until her painting reach “a certain level of complexity, richness and balance.” The artist has even begun to incorporate the scraped off paint back into her compositions.
As a painter, Fitzgerald’s concerns are in exploring the energy and activity existing below the surface. Her technique involves thick layers of paint where the underlayers are frequently exposed through the artist’s deliberate marks and scratches. Fitzgerald offers up remarkably colored canvases which are seductive and revealing.
The artist lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.