Astrid FitzgeraldArtist

New York, New York, United States
I began making art while at the same time searching for answers to fundamental questions about the nature of being. I explored the laws of geometric forms and discovered that my art and basic philosophical questions came together. Two fragments by Heraclitus, the early Greek thinker, are vital to my work. These are: "Nature Loves to hide," and "A hidden connection is stronger than an apparent one."

The wonder is that what may seem fixed and static laws are instead dynamic and expressive of great potential and creativity. One principle in particular, the so-called Golden Mean Proportion, is perhaps the most dynamic of all, and I have worked with its potential for years. Within it’s rigor I activate and alter the surface of canvases, works on paper and constructions freely, creating contrasts of light and dark, depth and surface, energy and stillness, using saturated color inspired by trips to the ancient sites of Greece and Egypt.

Nature indeed loves to hide and it has taken time and patience to tease out her secret laws. I have been aided in this process by earlier seekers devoted to the wonder of philosophical geometry, among them Mondrian, Kupka, Kandinsky, Rothko and the great artists of the Italian Renaissance.

My aim remains constant: to make art and objects with a presence that can be appreciated on both its physical aspect and its intrinsic content. The statement by Heraclitus that a hidden connection is stronger than an apparent one also suggests that anyone looking at these works may find that time and patience in front of a given piece might be rewarding. I hope it is true. I believe it is.

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