Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sarah FitzSimons: Drawing in Three Dimensional Space



Sarah FitzSimons is a visual artist whose project-based work typically involves a sculpture, installed outdoors or indoors, which interacts with and derives meaning from its surroundings. Much of the work seeks to connect our constructed culture and daily lives with the wider patterns of nature. FitzSimons works first and foremost in and with three-dimensional space, and a core question that drives her research is: how can an object affect the space around it? Just as the form and bulk of a mountain range creates its own weather, how can art alter the space (physical, emotional, aesthetic, social, psychological, etc) around it?

For the House project, FitzSimons draws with aluminum poles to construct life-sized houses in three-dimensions.  The first was located on a tidal flat in the Wadden Sea (Denmark, 2010), and a more recent version was installed at the Djerassi Foundation in the Santa Cruz Mountains (California, 2014).  In these images, the sculpture is flattened  through the process of photography, and the photos present the structure as a series of two-dimensional drawings. The photo/drawings generate an ambiguous sense of space and scale when shown without people in the frame.
 More of Fitzsimons work can be seen at www.sarahfitzsimons.net.




About the Artist
FitzSimons’ work has been exhibited in solo and 2-person shows at Casa da Inquisição, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Portugal; Vadehavsfestival, Mandø, Denmark; I-Park, East Haddam, CT; SoFA Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN; and EnView Gallery, Long Beach, CA. Recent group exhibitions include shows at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI; Extéril Gallery, Porto, Portugal; International Forest Art Path, Darmstadt, Germany; Chazen Museum of Art, Madison WI; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL; and Maus Habitos, Porto, Portugal. She is the recipient of an Efroymson Contemporary Art Fellowship, Indianapolis, IN (2013); Research Grants from University of Wisconsin-Madison (2011–2015); and a Fast Track Grant from the Ohio Arts Council (2010). FitzSimons received her BA and BFA from Ohio University and her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Since 2011, she has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as Assistant Professor in Sculpture.

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