Margaret Fitzgerald

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Margaret Fitzgerald

Margaret Fitzgerald

Tell us a little about yourself, where did your passion for art begin and how did it become your work?

I always wanted to be an artist. I tried other things but art was the only thing that held my interest.


I am curious if you have a daily working routine? Do you have any morning rituals or habits that contribute towards a productive day within the studio?

The process of leaving the house and riding my bike to the studio gives me the structure to work.

How would describe your work to someone?

Large, abstract oil and mixed media paintings.  The paintings evolve over time. Reminiscent of wall surfaces  that have old imagery showing through and new images and messages posted over the old. Speaking of time, history, protest and hope. I use mark making and color as a vehicle to speak about these things.

What projects/works are currently in progress in your studio?

I’m working on a series of small paintings for a show in San Francisco. Since 84×84 in is my favorite size, this is super challenging. And two large paintings for an abstract women’s show in Des Moines.

Tell us about your style. Are you considering the concept of the painting before its creation or is it improvisation?

I like to begin a painting with a concept or idea but then go back and forth from improvisation and intention.

What are the plans for the remainder of this year?

To keep working on my current series of  paintings. I always feel on the verge of a break through, which keeps me going.   And I’m applying to residencies and hope to broaden my world and work.

What do you feel are the pros and cons of Instagram, and do you consider Instagram important for artists working today?

I feel that instagram is a tool for artists.  It definitely gets your work out into the world. But for me it’s important to keep it in perspective and use it as a tool and not expect too much from it.

Can you highlight some of your influences and discuss how your influences have made an impact on you and your practice?

Living in New Mexico keeps me connected to nature, and environmental issues  and plays a part in the messy, organic quality of my work. Being close to Mexico and taking trips over the border has influenced my work in color, subject matter and texture as well.  And living in an urban environment with the texture, graffiti, grit and the social and political issues inspires the work.

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