Christine Fitzgerald is a photo-based artist from Ottawa, Canada. With the emergence of digital technology and the endless proliferation of digital images, Christine is interested in using her medium for creating unique physical objects. This growing conviction is the basis of her current artistic practice, as she delves deeper into the possibilities of contemporary applications of antiquated photographic processes as a means of artistic expression.
The use of historical photographic processes has allowed her to explore themes of identity, impermanence and hidden histories, and the role that photography plays in shaping our experience with these universal aspects of life. Antiquated methods merged with modern technology allow her to experiment and create a unique aesthetic in her artwork and a deeper viewing experience. Her visual investigations have recently extended to the exploration of technically challenging areas of photographic expression using turn of the 20th-century processes such as pigmented gum bichromate and platinum-palladium methods to create prints.
A graduate of the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa, and Acadia and Dalhousie Universities, Christine completed an artist residency at the Ottawa School of Art, was an invited artist in residence in print media at York University, and was one of fifteen visual artists selected for the historic Canada C3 Expedition on Canada’s 150th anniversary. The work inspired by her Expedition experience was part of the Open Channels national exhibition recently held at the Canada Council for the Arts in Ottawa, Canada, and is featured as part of the inaugural exhibition of the Portrait Gallery of Canada website.
Christine 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 from the Lucie Foundation in New York City and was a category winner of the 2017 International Julia Margaret Cameron Award for women photographers. In 2018, She had the privilege of creating a portrait of Dame Jane Goodall on the occasion of her 85th birthday. Christine’s work is held in public and private collections and has been featured by CBC, The Globe and Mail, Artsfile, The Washington Post, and the National Geographic. Currently, her artwork is at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. as part of the prestigious featured exhibition, New Light: Canadian Women Artists.
portrait photo credit Angelina McCormick