Artist statement ...

I now conduct my art practice under the name of Mela Lock Fitzgibbon in order to personally honour my family of origin and as a broader statement in reclaiming invisible female generations lost through marriage.

 

 

   " … I am a conceptual artist who works broadly with feminist issues with an insightful, sensitive and compassionate understanding of women's lives. A critical examination of the domestic lives of women pervades my pointedly thought-provoking, emotive and challenging work. Poignant text and dark humor add to the layers of dialogue within my object/installations. I use the notion of subversive stitching to shadow/reflect depictions of woman." 

 

This work plays the cusp between beauty and the odd (desire and the abject). It's drawn from Fitzgibbon's attraction to the curious and the strange, and a concern for re-dressing gaps and miss-readings in history, especially women's history. Interest in the body remains a constant component of her work. Her process entails attention and respect for detail and beauty, based on her extensive historical research, whilst using evocative and sensual materials to convey the message. She is introducing layered sound-pieces into her installations to deepen the psychological impact and to enrich the gallery experience.

Daring and brave, provocative, clever, sophisticated and subversive is how Fitzgibbon's work has been described. Its beauty, tactility and sensuality only heightens its affect; the work 'works' as both a lure and a sting … as it elicits shifts of perceptual and visceral response … towards both pleasure … and unease.

 


    "Fitzgibbon rips domestic and intimate accoutrements screaming out of the kitchen and bedroom to transform them into powerful tools for social commentary."

     "Fitzgibbon's mark-making is quite often achieved with the needle and thread; shifting traditional hand-embroidery techniques into a contemporary context. The embroidery hoop not only "frames" the work but also reflects the traditionally-viewed feminine and domestic realm … and more disturbingly, its constraints."

   "Lashings of lustrous silk may initially suggest the privileged lives of European aristocracy but it also overtly alludes to the flesh and folds of the female body."

 

Fitzgibbon's works are held in private collections.