Edwina fitzPatrick: art activator

 

 

 

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My job is to invite you to see - really see -  the environment in a different way. I create visual stories (fabulas) about the nature, culture and ecology of a place through exploring  mortality and love.  This love might be for the loss of a human being, a mycelium network, or a felled tree. Everything living is destined to die, but on what timescale? An oak might live for a millennium, a human a century, an insect for a few days – yet they all coexist in the same space and immediate moment of interconnected reality.

 

Whilst being raised in a culture embracing western literary narrative, my practice is inspired by global majority approaches to fabulas – ones that are cyclical, speculative and rooted in giving voice to the voice-less. What order should this speculative narrative be told in? The Anthropocene asks us to think chronologically – moving from beginning to end, but these visual fables might also start in any part of time jumping back and forth within  a chain of events. Sometimes the viewer/participant determines this in the work themselves.

 

I use interactive fieldwork as my working methodology. This involves layered onsite research, celebrating narratives and conversations that are deeply informed by the histories and the specific qualities of a place. These inclusive projects engage with the value systems and priorities of local individuals because they are experts in where they live and work. I also collaborate with experts across a range of disciplines, including horticulturalists, biodiversity experts, engineers, architects, perfumers, foresters, archivists and composers. 

The artworks on this website represent a small selection of my practice, encompassing both sited projects (as permanent or temporary works) and work presented in galleries. The two are not mutually exclusive. I completed my AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council) funded collaborative practice-based PhD about sited artwork and climate change in 2014. 

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