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Tom Fitzgerald
About this artwork
Title
The Politics of Being
Materials
Wood, engraved glass, limestone, lead, beeswax
Dimensions
h.123cm w.52cm d.146cm
Completed
Jun 1994
Artist

Tom's Description: Sculpture

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Comments
JP

A lyrical piece I would say, evoking a natural joy and pantheistic acceptance of all things that pass. If it describes your inner self Tom, then you've done well indeed.
Were it me, I'd add "TO FALL AGAIN, AND AGAIN, AND YET AGAIN,..."

It's good to see more sculpture to counterract the domination of painters on the site :o).

Thanks for posting this work.

Tom

Its always interesting to hear another person's take on your work - thanks for that, John-Paul. This piece is not really a description of my inner self though.
It has two main concerns - the possibility of confounding the viewer's understanding of materials, in that you have a heavy wood wedge supported by a thin sheet of glass, while the text provides a detached summary of life's possibilities.
As is the case with non-literal artworks, its open to many interpretations.

JP

..Which probably goes to show you're a cold-hearted, cynical bastard just like the rest of us.
And there I was thinking we'd have some purity of thought to enlighten this angst-ridden company!
:)

Nice work nevertheless, Mr. Fitz.

Tom

I haven't detected too much angst in the Art Process community or have I been reading the wrong comments?
I'll upload some more optomistic images shortly to raise your spirits, John-Paul.

JP

No Tom, instead you're perfectly correct. Although I suspect we've got quite a bunch of artists who've been given a raw deal, and are in many ways suffering because of it, on this site, they remain quite boringly polite and asthetically neutral in their judgement.
I'm sure that were they to speak what they really felt, there'd be a lot more lively argument to participate in around here.
Unfortunately the result is a mismatch between image and behaviour that personally I find impossible to reconcile. Therefore I maintain we're still pretty much an angry, pissed-off, easily-dismissed crowd, that somehow continue in our insistance that what we do HAS WORTH - but for some reason that I still don't understand - given the opportunity we behave like the perfect guest: "Oh that's so nice", "How pretty" etc.

Don't you long to hear an informed, intelligent, contentious contradiction of the trite image upload devoid of explanation, followed by an "I like it" comment?
Maybe instead of trying so hard to be provocative with our public, the artist would obtain more reward by speaking out amongst his/her fellow artists?

Maria

Welcome aboard Tom. Yours is an observation we have made in the past and there has been some discussion about the type of comments exchanged here (read the forum Artists' Cafe under "What do you do and why do you do it"). Time has shown that there come periods of active, fruitful interaction and there come times when everyone retreats to the studio instead of sitting in front of a pc. Maybe we are going through one of these times (at least I am). Anyway it is good to hear JP angry about it. It means you are back in arms my friend?

Tom

Well, Maria and JP, I suppose when we comment on another artist's work, we need to be critical but supportive.
We are, after all, responding to an image on a PC screen, not the real thing.
Speaking as a sculptor primarily, I know that an image of a three-dimensional work provides insufficient data to evaluate it adequately.
A sculpture that occupies the same space as the viewer,
demands a full, kinaesthetic response to its material and spatial existence, something you can't get from a photograph.

Maria

I agree about the insufficient data but I think it goes for painting as well. By the way, have you seen Teresa A Mills' work here in ArtProcess? If not look her up. I think you might like her work. I do very much and yes, I do wish I could walk around it.

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