Edwina fitzPatrick: art activator
Edwina fitzPatrick’s artworks 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, Edwina’s practice is inspired by non-Eurocentric forms of 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.
Edwina uses interactive fieldwork as her 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. Edwina also collaborates 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 Edwina's practice, encompassing both sited projects (as permanent or temporary works) and work presented in galleries. The two are not mutually exclusive. She completed her AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council) funded collaborative practice-based PhD about sited artwork and climate change in 2014.
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