Mary A. Fitzgerald

Artist Statement


Fitzgerald's practice has broadened recently and she works across disciplines incorporating painting, printmaking and video and installation.


Fitzgerald creates works with foundations in the narrative but with the gesture of the sensory abstract. This work is grounded in the experience of daily observing and remembering.


The experience of looking is not only based on what you see with your eyes - the immediate sensation of something - but also how personal history, individual understanding and internal thought process alter what is perceived. These paintings create suggestions of place and object, but also incorporate private sensation and experience. Her iconography originates in the everyday, an eclectic gathering of images, daily observations and random things seen.


These 'new realities' with their combination of personal narrative, of momentary and fleeting images, are brought together, transformed and communicated through process. The work plays with our perceptions of literal and emotional space, revealing the extent to which we can never be certain of what we know, see or feel. Memory and reality are tested - allowing the slippage between what is 'real' and what is imagined - to be questioned.


The process of revealing and concealing the narrative, of scraping back creates a history or archeology within each piece. The observation yields the subject but the process is abstract. Each work enjoys both a tangible and a subliminal existence. The spaces and silences created in-between remain for the observer to explore.



Artist website

Paul Kane Gallery


Artist Biography


Mary A. Fitzgerald was born in Dublin where she lives and works. She studied Fine Art both at Dunlaoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology and The National College of Art and Design where she received an honors degree in Fine Art in 1989 and a Master of Fine Art in 2004. She is a lecturer in the Department of Core Studies at NCAD. Fitzgerald has been awarded both a Visual Arts Bursary, and a Professional Development Grant from The Arts Council. She is a member of Artist Panel at IMMA. In 2008 Fitzgerald was awarded a three year Studio Residency at Independent Studio Artists, Dublin. Other Awards in 2008 include the Heinrich Boll Artists Residency and the Cill Riallaig Residency.


Fitzgerald also collaborates regularly with Marc Reilly, their last work LEAN was shown in the Cube Space at The LAB in January 2012. Fitzgerald & Reilly's work was also included in INVISIBLE, curated by Margaret O'Brien, Oliver Dowling, and John Graham.


Solo shows: 2010 Certain Distance, Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin. 2007 'A longer walk home', Lemon Street Gallery, 'Showcase' Lemon Street Gallery, 2006, MFA NCAD Post Graduate Exhibition, Digital Hub, Dublin. 2004, "Drawn" Original Print Gallery, Dublin, 2003 'Works On Paper', Galleuiet, Grafikens Hus, Stockholm, 2001.


Curated shows:

2013 Circulation curated by Paul McAree
2012 Production curated by Kate Strain
2011 Draw the Line curated by Dr. Ruth Pelzer_Montada


Invited and selected shows include: 2013 Claremorris OPEN, RHA, CUAIRT Advanced Graphics, London, 2010 Los Angeles Print Exchange LA. 2009 Wayfaring, Stone Gallery, Dublin. 2008 'Inhabit', Draiocht Arts Centre, Dublin. 2007 5th International Biennale de Gravure, Liege, Belgium, Invited artist at the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, 'Attraction', Talbot Gallery, 'Tender', Original Print Gallery. 2006, The National Arts Club, and The Graphic Arts Gallery, New York, 2003.


In 2003, Fitzgerald was awarded a public art commission with Breaking Ground Ballymun. 'The Home Project', became fully functioning print studio at the Axis Arts Centre. An exhibition of the work produced and a video piece were shown Axis Arts Centre in 2004 as part of the launch of Breaking Ground. She has published an article in relation to the project, in 'Contexts' magazine, 2004.


She has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and her work is included in many public and private collections including: OPW, UCD, Trinity College Dublin, Bank de Paris, Microsoft Ireland, AIB, and Axa Insurance