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Melanie Fitzmaurice

  2. 2. Melanie FITZMAURICEMelanie Fitzmaurice is an Australian Artist living and working in rural Victoria,Australia. Melanie completed her Bachelor of Arts (Visual) with Honours,majoring in Sculpture at the Australian National University, School of Art,Canberra, in 2007. As a recipient of travel scholarships awarded by The Royal Over-Seas League, London, The Freedman Foundation, Sydney and Saksala Art Radius,Haukivuori, Fitzmaurice has partaken in residencies based in regional Scotland(2008) and Finland (2011).In September 2011 Melanie was represented at the Korea International Art Fair(KIAF/11) in Seoul, South Korea.In 2012 Melanie was invited to participate in the The Freedman Foundation TravellingScholarhsip 2012; was a Finalist in the The Sunshine Coast 3D Art Prize 2012 (QLD,Australia), The Substation Contemporary Art Prize 2012 (Vic, Australia) and The BlakePrize Director’s Cut Exhibition 2012 (NSW, Australia).
  3. 3. Melanie Fitzmaurice
  4. 4. ART STAGE SINGAPORE 2013Artist StatementI map my understanding of places, objects and experiences through sculpture. Myartworks grow from a process of problem solving, whereby I apply a new logic tofamiliar objects. I draw on what I recognise and understand in an attempt to graspwhat is new or challenging.My sculptures take the form of unlikely combinations of domestic or utilitarianobjects and fragments of the human body. In adjusting these familiar forms, I work toconstruct metaphors that highlight the connections that I see between geographicalexpeditions and a more internalised experience of navigation.Comparisons between the domestic interior and the outdoors began to emerge in mymaking during my first international residency in Arbroath, a small fishing town on theeast coast of Scotland (2008). As a traveller I continue to reflect on the concept oflocating oneself in transit; of moving forward and looking back. I consider themessuch as orientation, disorientation, the familiar and the unknown.
  5. 5. Artist Statement cont‟dAs a sculptor I am fascinated by the fundamental role that our bodies play inour understanding of space, movement, communication and identity. Thehuman body appears throughout my work, or is referred to through objects,garments and helmets. Many of the works comprising Head Above Water arebased on the helmet‟s potential to represent „mind space‟.During a recent residency in regional Finland (2011) I became interested inthe layers of soil, snow, ice and water that form the winter landscape.Throughout my stay, I observed the accumulation, movement and dissipationof the organic environment around me. I came to find that these layers hadthe capacity to mimic, exaggerate, conceal and reveal the objects that laybeneath. This observation is the underpinning influence of my most recentsculptures, as I work to translate these layers into a geography of the psyche.Collectively, these sculptures traverse a multi-layered landscape, spanning theheight of the sky to the depth of the ocean; documenting a psychologicaljourney through atmosphere, horizon, sea level and beyond.
  6. 6. Nightmare Landing, 2011 - 2012Upholstery wadding, foam, fabrics, fibreglass, aluminium(interior structure: cable, poly pipe & fittings)250 x 150 x 105cm approx.AUD$18,000
  7. 7. Nightmare Landing, 2011 - 2012 (detail)
  8. 8. Hemisphere Helmet, 2011-2012Painted fibreglass, fleece, adding140 x 45 x 25cmAUD$10,000
  9. 9. Hemisphere Helmet, 2011-2012 (detail)
  10. 10. Tip of the Iceberg (Helmet), 2012Fibreglass, tracksuit fleece, ribbing, rope, wadding55 x 100 x 100cm (variable)AUD$9000
  11. 11. Tip of the Iceberg (Helmet), 2012Fibreglass, tracksuit fleece, ribbing, rope, wadding55 x 100 x 100cm (variable)AUD$9000
  12. 12. Explorer’s Twin Hooks, 2010Tracksuit fleece, beads, wood, pipe, rope, foam, fishing line, metal clasps30 x 30 x 60cm (each hook, rope variable)AUD$4000
  13. 13. Explorer’s Twin Hooks, 2010 (detail)
  14. 14. Drifting Caps, 2012fibreglass, tracksuit fleece, wadding50 x 70 x 25cmAUD$5500
  15. 15. Out of Depth, 2012Fibreglass, tracksuit fleece, roe, lead, cord, acrylic beads, steel bracket170 x 50 x 42cmAUD$4000
  16. 16. Melanie FITZMAURICE Selected works from: Head Above Water, 2012 The Explorer, 2010
  17. 17. Tip of the Iceberg (Helmet), 2012Tracksuit fleece, wadding, fibreglass, rope, wood, steel buckle170 x 32 x 25 cmSOLD Acquired by Artbank
  18. 18. Tip of the Iceberg (Helmet), 2012 (detail)
  19. 19. Head Above Water, 2012Fibreglass, rope, tracksuit fleece170 x 40 x 40cmAUD$6200
  20. 20. Head Above Water, 2012 (detail)
  21. 21. Head Above Water, 2012 (detail)
  22. 22. Heart Afloat, 2012Fibreglass, tracksuit fleece, cord, rope45 x 16 x 16cmSOLD
  23. 23. Nightmare Sleepwalker, 2012Fibreglass, tracksuit fleece, wadding180 x 70 x 25cmAUD$3600
  24. 24. Nightmare Sleepwalker, 2012 (detail)
  25. 25. Head Above Water, exhibition installationCatherine Asquith Gallery, Collingwood, Melbourne, 2012“Hemisphere Helmet” to right of image.“Tip of the Iceberg (Backpack)” at front of image.
  26. 26. Head Above Water, exhibition installationCatherine Asquith Gallery, Collingwood, Melbourne, 2012“Head Above Water”, front“Tip of the Icerberg”, back, centre“Drifting Caps”, left
  27. 27. Explorer’s Hook, 2009Tracksuit fleece & ribbing, beads, wood, pipe, steel, card, rope240 x 150 x 150cmSOLD
  28. 28. Explorer’s Hook, 2009 (detail)
  29. 29. Explorer’s Hook, 2009 (detail)
  30. 30. Explorer’s Hook, 2009 (detail)
  31. 31. Explorer’s Pack, 2009Tracksuit fleece & ribbing, rope, wood, pipe & wire60 x 80 x 600cmAUD$3800
  32. 32. Explorer’s Pack, 2009 (detail)
  33. 33. Explorer’s Pack, 2009 (detail)
  34. 34. Explorer’s Pillow, 2009Tracksuit fleece & ribbing, rope, wood, pipe & wire30 x 50 x 150cmAUD$2500
  35. 35. Explorer’s Pillow, 2009 (detail)
  36. 36. Explorer’s Case, 2010Tracksuit fleece, fibreglass, wood, ribbing72 x 80 x 70cmAUD$3300
  37. 37. Explorer’s Focus, 2010Tracksuit fleece, ribbing, fibreglass, pipe9 x 40 x 40cmSOLD
  38. 38. Explorer’s Trail, 2010Tracksuit fleece, fibreglass, ribbing, wood, rope28 x 50 x 240cmSOLD
  39. 39. Navigation Helmet, 2010tracksuit fleece, ribbing, foam, wood, fibreglass28 x 30 x 50cmAUD$2100
  40. 40. Explorer’s Helmet, 2009Fibreglass, tracksuit fleece & ribbing, cotton, wood & plastic25 x 35 x 70cmAUD$2100
  41. 41. Explorer’s Torch, 2011Tracksuit fleece, beads, PVC, pipe, wood, fibreglass12 x 47 x 15cmSOLD
  42. 42. The Explorer, exhibition installationCatherine Asquith Gallery, Collingwood, Melbourne.
  43. 43. The Explorer, exhibition installationCatherine Asquith Gallery, Collingwood, Melbourne