'Stamina' provides new approaches to conventional subjects by utilizing the materials and tools of photography in non-traditional ways. A unique physical process combines aspects of sculpture and photography, subverting the idealized two-dimensional photograph and providing a new entry point to the enduring photographic subjects of natural landscapes, seascapes, and more.
To create the photographs, unexposed large sheets of positive film are cut and bent into three dimensional shapes before being exposed inside a camera outfitted with a custom film holder that accepts the film as a three-dimensional object instead of as a standard, flat sheet. The results on the shaped film can appear stretched and distorted. In other instances, sheets of film are bent into shapes after exposure. Once the film is developed, it is re-photographed on a lightbox and printed. The final product of the land and seascapes pictured in these ways contain physical gestures and seem as unusual as they are familiar.
The folded, curved, cut, and overlapping sheets of film create immediate awareness of the materiality of the photograph and remind the viewer they are not looking at the landscape itself, but a deliberate construction of it arranged by Fitzgerald. The process reconstructs both reality and the very material that records reality. In doing so, the final product of the photographic work is not a direct representation of the world, but a negotiation of vision.
Colleen Fitzgerald is a New England based visual artist. Her work creates new approaches to conventional subjects in art by utilizing the materials and tools of photography in non-traditional ways. ArtsWorcester of Massachusetts selected her as the recipient of the 2018 Present Tense Prize for artistic innovation, risk-taking, new practices, and excellence in execution in art, and she was named 3rd place in the 2018 PhotoNOLA Review Prize. You can read about some of her work in a recent interview on the photo-eye blog and a feature at Lenscratch. She was chosen as the 2016/17 Artist in Residence at the Noble and Greenough School and a visual arts resident at the Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center for Creative Arts.
Colleen earned a Master of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College. She has also studied at La Scuola Lorenzo de’ Medici in Italy and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She delivers talks at institutions across the country and exhibits work across the USA and internationally. The Society for Photographic Education, Filter Photo Festival, Pingyao Photography Festival, and more have featured her work. She also enjoys curating exhibitions to champion the work of fellow artists.
Colleen has served as a faculty member at Endicott College, Eastern Connecticut State University, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Maryland - Global Campus, Memphis College of Art, and Parsons School of Design Teaching Assistantship. She has also designed and implemented curriculum for arts courses in Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
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