water is a site-specific sculptural work created using strips cut from photographs of the ocean surrounding the artist’s home on Monhegan Island.
fitzpatrick fabricates objects like elaborate paper ropes and chainmail for many of the same reasons that some people love to knit. The meditative quality of repetition allows the artist to relax and open her mind to new and unexplored concepts. During the many hours this winter fitzpatrick worked on this 4’ x 10’ piece she began learning more about shamanism and the permeability of the boundaries that exist between the seen and unseen forces at work in the natural world. water seeks to explore the concept of chainmail, originally designed to protect and shield the body from violence, and reinterpret it as a meditation on the healing and transformative powers of the ocean.