Opening Reception: Friday, January 6, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition Runs: January 6-26, 2017
The paintings in Margaret’s exhibition represent a process of channeling visceral imagery and ideas into the physical
world. They are the result of everything that has come before and the challenge to keep moving forward into the
Margaret’s sculptures involve an exploration into the fragility and strength of nature. The cottonwood sticks featured in
Verge were gathered in the bosque during her walks along the Rio Grande River.
About Margaret Holman Fitzgerald
Margaret was born in London, England. She grew up in Japan and the United States. She studied fine art and art
history in New York City at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League. She also studied at the Instituto
Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and received a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of New Mexico.
She currently resides and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has traveled extensively in Europe, Mexico and
South America finding inspiration for her work in the art, architecture and urban fabric of these places. Recently she
has been exploring the relationship of man to the natural world, the fragility of the natural world and its relationship to
man and hope for the future. Margaret has exhibited her work in solo shows in New York City, San Francisco and New
“The principle forces behind my work are the New Mexico landscape, environmental degradation and the
tension between the two. My paintings reflect my person: current and accumulated ideas and painting methods.
Along with this process is a constant searching to break self inflicted parameters and barriers.
The landscape of New Mexico, where I have lived for most of my life, is a force that drives my work. The open sky,
mountain ranges, rivers and desert all inform my work. Mixed with this visceral ebb and flow, decay and growth
of nature is the tension of environmental degradation. Man’s driving force to destroy the earth is ever present. It is
this tension between mankind and the natural world that has been a concern of mine for many years.
My paintings are also a reflection of my past 30 years of making art. They reflect the accumulation of experiences,
ideas and painting processes. Each new body of work builds on the work before it, expressing ideas and
experimenting with new painting techniques – pushing my use of paint, composition color palette and challenging
old constraints. With each new body of work I hope to reveal a more visceral, unclear place based on intuition and
instinct where tension and beauty exist simultaneously.
The three works in this exhibition were produced during the difficult and uncertain times of our Country’s recent
political race for the presidency. They reflect the confusion and conflict during a time when we need to live more
harmoniously with our environment.” – Margaret Fitzgerald