Virginia Fitzgerald is a mixed media artist who works in sculpture, installation, fiber arts, painting, photography and collage. Her studio is in Natick, MA where she also lives with her two daughters in a house full of love and creativity.
The Dress Project
The dress form is Virginia's symbol for our essential being, our core. using this emblem, her work speaks about the power of relationships and the politics of relationships; our relationship to ourselves, to each other and to the world in which we live. the work speaks to the emotional or lack of emotional connection between people.
The dress form denotes the body - how we relate to our own body, how we relate to other’s bodies, how we cover our bodies and present our bodies, and how that veneer affects all our experiences and encounters. i deal with the ideas of fertility, fragility, strength, waste, war, imprisonment and freedoms. my work ignites viewers to reconsider their place in our society and culture, to question the status quo.
The dress project is relevant to the current issues being debated today. the dress is Virginia's soapbox from where She can engage in political debate, question social protocol, and express her authentic self. using different media and scale the work touches many people regardless of gender, age, background and experiences. She strives to create for them a safe place in which to reconsider their place in the world.
The dress project has brought Virginia to a deeper and more determined desire to create. Her dresses have shown her the power of art - how art can touch people, move people; help people to reach a deeper place in themselves. She has been blessed with the opportunity to witness people become physically moved when interacting with her work. the dress project has given Virginia the occasion to challenge her technical skills, and pushed her out of her comfort zone, tackling many different types of visual arts; performance, installation, photography, sculpture and mixed media. all of these media are integral to the vision of my work. the dress project has also given her the opportunity to teach, lecture and lead workshops, allowing Virginia's enthusiasm to reach people in a more active manner.
Torqued and Tethered . . .
(Currently exhibiting at Uni-T Window Gallery)
This is part of Virginia Fitzgerald’s dress project. The bodice is stunted, emaciated, twisted and tortured. The sculpture hangs by only one of the shoulder straps, the other strap sags, defeated, exhausted. The way the bodice hangs forces the viewer to see in, under and through her; all is exposed. Being white, there is the suggestion of seeing bone. All she really wants to do is to fly, to be free…
Torqued and Tethered... was first exhibited at 'breaking open...' in 2013, at Fountain Street Fine Arts, Framingham, MA. It was during that exhibition that Fitzgerald was nearing the end of a long and intense divorce process and was feeling very burned by the excepted and traditional roles for a woman. Since that first installment, when the sculpture has been exhibited not all the ribbons have been held down or trapped, reflecting hope and new strength. In this current state of the installation, with some of the ribbons free and some still trapped, reflects the truths of women's rights in general. There have been some advances but there still remains a great struggle.
Esmeralda Lambert is a jewelry designer born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She moved to the US in 2010 to do her MBA in Entrepreneurship at Babson College. In March 2013, she founded her own jewelry company with the purpose of creating jobs for women in the Dominican Republic, foster entrepreneurship within their communities and empower women artisans. She creates lightweight statement jewelry designed with Latin and Caribbean influences and intricately hand woven with Swarovski and Czech crystals, semi precious stones with Sterling silver and gold-filled findings. Currently the Esmeralda Lambert collection is being sold in more than 30 high end boutiques in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Washington DC and through her online store.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Jodie currently reside in Natick, Massachusetts where she focuses her time on establishing and supporting fundraising events through her art. Her interests in both biology and environmental science, led Jodie to a biology degree at Cornell University before continuing her graduate studies in Natural Resources at the University of Michigan. Two careers later (one in environmental mitigation focused on protecting natural and visual resources and one in fisheries biology), Jodie received a M.Ed. at Lesley University and finally brought her love of art into the foreground when combined with the many facets of elementary education.
Much of Jodie's work is done on the printing press creating one-of-a-kind monotypes using both water-based and oil mediums. Her style is varied and ranges from representational images to abstract design. Vivid colors and authentic cultural patterns infuse her works. An avid traveler, the beauty of the natural world is a constant inspiration ~ from the lavender fields of France to the poppy blooms in Arizona.
Jodie's watercolors focus primarily on the watery world of koi. Having worked in a fisheries lab throughout graduate school gave her a healthy regard for the simple magnificence and curvilinear beauty of fish. Many of the paints she uses are ground from semiprecious stones such as Lapis, Turquoise, Hematite, Jade, and Tourmaline which impart a vibrant and lustrous luminosity.
Currently, Jodie's works are exhibited in galleries throughout Boston’s Metrowest communities, Martha's Vineyard, Rhode Island, and New York. Her paintings are held in private and corporate collections from the West to East coasts, Canada, Australia, Europe, Russia, and India. Collections are carried locally at Boston Children's Hospital, Floating Hospital for Children, Massachusetts General Hospital, and TJX Corporation.
Julia Zimmerman's drawings involve a lot of malabranche and women (particularly in intricate, impractical outfits), with a healthy dose of bird people, descendants of lizards, ravenous female airships, two-headed little girls, monsters, nuns, religious imagery, the Geometric City, the Geometric Palace, and machinery. She likes to use micron pen 005, metal nib fountain pen, murano glass fountain pen, ballpoint pen, sharpie, koh-i-noor woodless colored pencils, colored pencils, oil pastels, acrylic paint, pencil, and charcoal. She likes to make both tiny, tiny drawings, and paint murals and decorations on walls.
Julia lives in Boston with 2 cats and 3 humans. She is working on a very long illustrated religiously themed text at the moment, as well as numerous other projects. Julia is an engineer and works at the MIT Media Lab.