Swan School; The Matriculation
April 18 – June 7, 2008
Art Palace presents Swan School; The Matriculation, Ali Fitzgerald’s second solo exhibition at Art Palace. Fitzgerald’s current body of work explores victimization and violence within a forged adolescent caste-system. Through drawing based sculptures, dioramas and site-specific installations Fitzgerald surveys a dystopian boarding school complex, within whose misleading facades, we see residue of girlhood gone awry.
In Swan School, Fitzgerald turns to the emotionally charged ostentation of the Gothic, referencing movies like Robert Wise’s The Haunting, in which the undulating spaces themselves reflect a character’s psychological state. Her architecturally impossible facades allude to both privileged east coast boarding schools and to the supposedly solemn naves of old cathedrals. These structures house and protect fantastic scenarios involving Fitzgerald’s imprisoned character Sad Little White Girl and her tormentors.
About the Artist:
Ali Fitzgerald’s work is currently on view at the Austin Museum of Art for 20 to Watch and Road Agent’s Palace does Dallas. Her work has been exhibited at Diverseworks for New Texas Painting (2005) and Luck of the Draw (2007), Arthouse at the Jones Center for Siren’s Song (2007), curated by Kelly Baum, and Who Killed Chuck Tracy? atThe Bungalow Project in San Antonio (2006). Receiving her MFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007, Ali received her BA from Davidson College and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2004). She was awarded a Takt Residency position in Berlin, Germany in 2007.