Sarah Fitzgerald is an interdisciplinary artist with an MFA from the National Art School in Sydney. She has exhibited regularly in Australia and more recently in France, her practice includes drawing, painting, and sculpture, as well as large scale installation. Sarah is interested in contemporary issues of place and identity and the ways in which we inhabit and construct a particular site. In her work she looks at the role different structures such as language, architecture, and urbanization, affect the ways we communicate and live with each other.
This work was inspired by pedestrian crossings that are designed to provide guidance and safety. They are however also a reminder of institutional rules and regulations that we negotiate every day. The planning and architecture of places such as the Quarantine Station of the past, as well as the National Park as it exists today, subtly usher us to enter and move through the site under specific rules. These rules and regulations protect the site as well as people, but come with limitations on freedom, that we are all aware of during the current Covid crisis. This work attempts to draw attention to the conflict between freedom and liberty and the safety and protection we have come to expect.
The upright painted columns represent a vertical pedestrian crossing. The scale of the work is imposing and physically interrupts the free flow of the space. It is a porous barrier that invites movement through and around, implying direction and inviting meandering simultaneously. The fixed shadows form the base for the work, and represent the time spent in institutions; proscribed by and controlled by others. The fixed shadows are juxtaposed against the real shadows cast on a sunny day, that are not fixed but free to move with the sun.
Dimensions: 850cm L x 240cm H x 60-160cm D
Materials: Aluminium, Timber, Concrete