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.
Born and educated in Switzerland, Astrid Fitzgerald has been living and working in the United States since 1961. While working at various jobs, including the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in NYC, she attended art classes at the Art Students League, F.I.T. and the Pratt Graphics Center. Encouraged by an award for her entry in the New Yorker Theater mural competition 1971, she began to work full time, creating abstract canvases, works on paper and prints.

For over twenty-five years, her work has explored philosophical geometry, including the Fibonacci sequence, the Pythagorean Theorem and, most importantly, the Golden Mean proportion – a unique ratio preferred by nature as the most advantageous geometry for growth and energy conservation. Her artistic work, as well as her writing has always been closely aligned with her quest for the nature of being.

Fitzgerald’s work has been written and spoken about by art historian, Roger Lipsey, and her career chronicled in an interview with Julie Karabenick, curator of Geoform.

Her work has been shown in the US, Europe and Asia in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and is represented in public, corporate and private collections, among them the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Wellesley College, Marymount College, Rockefeller Center Collection, I.M. Pei & Partners, NYC, PES Architects, Nagoya, Japan, I.B.M. Collection, DiGiacomo Architects, NYC. Site-specific installations include Marcel Breuer Building, Boca Raton, FL, UBS Securities, NYC.

Recent solo shows include Art Nouveau Gallery, Miami, Astrid Fitzgerald - A Retrospective, Wired Gallery, High Falls, NY, 2013; The Gallery at R&F, Kingston, NY 2011; Unison Gallery, New Paltz, NY, 2011; The Pearl Arts Gallery, Stone Ridge, NY 2008; LoRiver Gallery, Beacon, NY in 2005; Galerie Raubach, St. Gallen, Switzerland in 2004, and Muroff-Kotler Visual Arts Gallery at SUNY Stone Ridge, NY in 2000. Fitzgerald’s installation Amish Quilts was chosen by the Jury of the Artcanal in Le Landeron, Switzerland to represent the United States during expo02.

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