Free Community Art Day: Collage | Saturday, April 28 | 11am–2pm | FREE
Drop in for artist demonstrations, hands-on activities, and interactive tours of the exhibition
Addressing themes of place and identity, Kate Fitzpatrick’s multi-layered, mixed media paintings echo the currents and flows of rivers, tributaries, and their confluences. Repurposing maps as a collage material, she translates the information they contain into newly imagined places. In a process that mimics the push and pull of water currents, the artist builds complex textures from layers of paper, paint, ink, and thread. The resulting abstracted forms are dominated by movement and reflect current and historical geographies that have emerged along our waterways. The series on display in her solo exhibition Confluence also draws upon waterbodies as they relate to the environment and the people who inhabit the land. Fitzpatrick, who grew up on four continents, is also keenly aware of how world cultures have evolved along the banks of important rivers and developed a confluence of multi-cultural civilizations.
About the Artist:
Kate Fitzpatrick | www.katesfitzart.com
Kate Fitzpatrick is an artist and art educator who received a BFA in painting from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and her MA in art education from the University of New Mexico. She was born in Virginia, but grew up in a number of places around the world, including Germany, Uruguay, and South Africa, and those places and experiences shape the themes within her art. Fitzpatrick has taught art in schools in New Mexico, Virginia, and Cairo, Egypt. In 2013, she began teaching at the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center and was recognized with the prestigious Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award by the Washington Post. In 2015, Fitzpatrick was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study art education topics in India. Recent exhibits of her work include Workhouse Arts Center (Lorton, VA), The Delaplaine Visual Arts Center (Frederick, MD), Stone Tower Gallery, Glen Echo Park (Glen Echo, MD), Crossroads Gallery, Goodwin House (Fairfax, VA), Hill Center Galleries (Washington, DC), Del Ray Artisans Gallery (Alexandria, VA), Arts Program Gallery, University of Maryland University College (Adelphi, MD), JoAnn Rose Gallery, Reston Community Center (Reston, VA), ArtSpace Falls Church (Falls Church, VA), Latela Art Gallery (Washington, DC), and Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale, VA). Fitzpatrick maintains her studio in Alexandria, VA and is currently pursuing an MFA in painting at George Mason University.
Images (above): Kate Fitzpatrick, “Yenesei” (top left), “Three Rivers” (bottom left), “Willoughby” (center), “Danube” (top right), and “Rio Grande” (bottom right).