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).
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.
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.