In the winter of 2009, Marcus Fitzgibbons experienced a lucid dream in which he had a profound vision of his current work.
In viewing this radiant, layered work one indeed vibrates in tune with the greater Cosmos. Why do we respond to these deceptively simple black and white designs with such deep resonance?
To find out more I interviewed Marcus about his process and philosophy behind this recent body of work, WOVEN LIFE, currently on view at www.spacegallery.org in Denver, Colorado.
I’M A CONNOISSEUR OF MANDALAS MADE FROM MANY DIFFERENT MEDIA, YOUR DESIGNS ARE MADE OF TRANSPARENT PAPER, HOW DID YOU GET THIS IDEA?
I was poor and didn’t have money to buy the fancy art supplies. I took note from the great artists of the past who also used paper due to being broke. That, and I had a lot of paper lying around at one point. I have been doing art all my life and I figured I had to use all this paper some how! And the tissue paper I use is a must for the transparent quality with this work. These pieces would not work without it.
DO YOU USE COMPASS DRAWINGS AHEAD TO VISUALIZE THE LAYERING?
Yes, sort of. I make templates. Although, I see the idea in my mind before I do it. Then I make the template.
DO YOU USE SCISSORS AND XACTO?
Yes. Both. For some of the smaller circles I will use a circle stamp to get them cut. The paper is too delicate to cut by hand that small. And using a circle stamp with this paper requires a very specific set up so that the paper doesn’t get mangled.
THE PAPER IS SO DELICATE, IT LOOKS LIKE A THIN JAPANESE PAPER, AND WHAT IS THE BASE PAPER?
The paper is tracing paper. They are actually mounted on acid free museum board and I use archival YES glue.
MARCUS, YOUR MANDALA-LIKE PIECES ARE COMPLETELY HYPNOTIC, WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS?
I believe these pieces serve a specific purpose and that is raising our vibration/frequency. This is why so many people from so many walks of life have responded to this work. They are attracted to it on a deeper level, many not knowing even why.
WITH GEOMETRY, WE AFFIRM “THE ART OF THE EVER TRUE”, AS SOCRATES CALLED IT. HAVE YOU STUDIED GEOMETRY FORMALLY?
No not really. I touched on it in Art School. I have been attracted to ancient cultures and civilizations my whole life. Which is what has led me to sacred geometry – which goes hand in hand with my awareness, consciousness, and spirituality.
IT’S INTERESTING ALL YOUR PIECES ARE UNTITLED, HOW DO YOU TELL THEM APART?
Telling them apart? That is a good question.
DO YOU WORK IN OTHER MEDIA?
I do mainly paper at this point. However, I have painted and sculpted in the past. I have another body/style of paper work that is nothing like what you have seen. It’s very colorful and expressive. Nonetheless, paper has been my medium for quite some time now.
WE SHARE A LOVE OF KANDINSKY…
I really like his use of geometrics and color. I always refer to his work as ‘structure without structure’.
YOU MENTIONED YOUR SPIRITUAL LEANINGS, AND HOW SACRED GEOMETRY ALIGNS YOU WITH THIS ASPECT OF YOURSELF. WOULD YOU CARE TO SAY ANYTHING MORE ABOUT THIS?
There is so much I could say. Although, I will tell you that I believe humanity is on the cusp of its next stage in evolution which is intrinsically and extrinsically connected with frequency and vibration. Which is why my higher self has facilitated this recent body of artwork: to create and influence vibration.
Also, I think the gap between what we have been and are told — and what has happened and what is REALLY happening, is so deep and vast that many of our human family could not handle the truth of it all. Not saying I know what the truth really is, but I know that humanity has been kept in the dark and fed shit for a long, long, long time.
THANK YOU MARCUS – POWERFUL WORK. YOU ARE CALLING US TO OUR HIGHEST SELVES, REMINDING US OF A DEEPER ORDER, REUNITING WITH COSMOS ITSELF.
HERE’S THE WOVEN LIFE PROJECT STATEMENT:
Much like a miner digging for precious stones, the theme of Marcus’ recent work is anchored in the exploration of sacred geometry. He has grown fond of blending together the basic tools of paper and transparency to present etheric, yet vibrant arrangements. The subtle meaning achieved by the fusing together of simple form and hue, ripens into in-depth meditative work. Marcus believes these configurations depict the fundamental forms of consciousness which also serves to express the connective qualities that life weaves throughout all beings. Though the work has ancient roots, the efforts of endless fuss and well-calculated execution, create distinctive and deliberate compositions.
Space Gallery in Denver
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