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Medium: Photography and printing
Christine Fitzgerald is a photo-based artist from Ottawa, Canada. She has degrees from Acadia and Dalhousie Universities, and completed the diploma program at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa. Christine was an invited artist in residence in print media, at York University’s School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design and completed an artist residency at the Ottawa School of Art and. She has been the recipient of grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, and numerous awards including the 2016 International Fine Art Photographer of the Year in New York City and was one of the 2017 winners of the International Julia Margaret Cameron Award for women photographers. Christine was one of 15 visual artists selected for the historic Canada C3 Expedition on the occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Work inspired from this experience was part of the Open Channels national exhibition at the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2018, she had the privilege of creating a portrait of Dr. Jane Goodall on the occasion of her 85th birthday. Her work is held in public and private collections and has been featured by the CBC, The Washington Post, and the National Geographic. Recently, her artwork was part of the featured exhibition, New Light: Canadian Women Artists at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
I am a photo-based artist from Ottawa, Canada. I have always been captivated with nature. My fascination began in my childhood growing-up in the Eastern Townships of Québec and has never abated. In my work, I examine the relationship between humans and the natural environment. My use of 19th century methods of image-making – such as the collodion, platinum, gum bichromate and cyanotype processes – has allowed me to explore themes of loss, transience and hidden histories and the role that photography plays in shaping our experience with these universal aspects of our lives.
I recognize the value of historical continuity in the creation of a photograph as an object. This has greatly influenced my artistic practice, as I have increasingly moved to photographic print or plate making using vintage cameras and lenses merged with modern technology. My university science background coupled with my understanding of the relationship between printmaking and photographic observation, allow me to experiment with chemistry and technology to develop innovative approaches to creating the aesthetic to my work.