This week’s Deviant is Northern California metal sculptor Stephen Fitz-Gerald. Fitz-Gerald grew up in an isolated fishing village on the coast of Maine. Both of his parents were artists and Fitz-Gerald began learning metal sculpting at an early age.
Fitz-Gerald feels very strongly in the Renaissance ideal of becoming competent in many mediums. He works in diverse mediums from sculpture to photography, decorative arts such as jewelry and furniture, as well as outdoor structures such as fountains, gates, gazebos, trellises and winery doors. If that wasn’t enough, he also composes trance-ambient music and writes fiction and poetry. Of this ideal he says:
“Some ideas are better expressed in a song than in a drawing or more clearly portrayed in sculpture than flat work. The more artistic languages you speak, the more chances of you getting your message across. And the positive side benefit of this versatility, which the Renaissance artists knew, is that each medium has an energy signature, and they each tend to stimulate each other. So rather than the effect of depletion occurring, as one might expect by spreading oneself too thin, actually the reverse occurs. There is a compounding of energy that allows a jumping from one medium to the next in a dynamic cycle of inspiration and insight.”
Sources: Interview – Pieces-Zine