Ciana Fitzgerald

Holding Hands in Secret

€45

Fine art giclée print on 308gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Limited edition of 150.

  • Museum-quality inks and paper
  • Archival lifespan of up to 200 years
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Artist's Statement

My painting practice focuses on bridging the gap of modernism to fuse old with new, recalling technical command aspects of the Old Masters but with a distinctly contemporary unease. Each work is highly staged and ambiguous, charged with psychological tension. I use found images or my own photographic sources, in which I arrange the model, props, lighting and composition so that they are painting ready, adding a cinematic dimension to the work.

When I paint, I'm interested in telling stories of experiences that are both personal and universal. I don't want my figures to be of specific individuals, they’re archetypes, so I blur or erase their faces or they look away. They become general characters, like figurative insights into a human condition. I want to generate a direct emotional connection with my audience by illuminating the collective feelings that dwell in every psyche, sharing my deeply personal experiences and the emotions that encapsulate them, emotions that are simultaneously universal. By taking something that at first seems everyday and familiar, but then to deconstruct it like a scene from an alternate universe where alien rules apply, the subject matter's unconventional compositions and cryptic narrative enable the audience to derive their own personal meaning from the work. I'm constantly aware of the possible effect on the viewer throughout the process of creation, the psychological impact of my work is what's most important to me.

Biography

Ciana Fitzgerald is an Irish surrealist-realism painter and experimental video artist. She graduated from NCAD with first-class honours in Fine Art Painting and moved to Germany shortly after, spending the next three years living and working between Berlin and Leipzig. She was shortlisted for the RDS Visual Art Award, the Talbot Gallery Award, and nominated for the NCAD Staff Prize. Her work has been published in the Irish Arts Review, and in a medical guidebook funded by the European Commission.

Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including the RHA Annual Exhibition, LOOP Festival Barcelona, solo show at Atelier Andersartig in Solingen Germany, exhibitions at Bos Gallery Dublin, lighting and aesthetic engineer at the Pfefferberg theatre in Berlin, a collaborative exhibition in Leverkusen Germany, exhibitions at the Greenacres Gallery Spring and Summer Shows and a forthcoming solo show at the Irish Embassy in Berlin. In addition, she gave an artist talk on her creative practice as part of the Science Gallery's 'INTIMACY' exhibition at Trinity College. She is currently a virtual artist in residence with SPAR St Petersburg Art Residency, Russia, and a recipient of awards from the Irish Arts Council and the Creative Ireland Visual Art Bursary.

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