Leo Fitzmaurice

Leo Fitzmaurice Litter, 2015 Image 2 of 2
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Leo Fitzmaurice re-presents familiar objects in ways that make us reconsider our observations and assumptions. Many of his works are based around issues of consumerism and reference our everyday environment using found and discarded objects

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Highlighting the excessive debris and waste discarded on a daily basis, Litter is a playful interpretation of rubbish bags with their handles tied in such a way that at a glance could be rabbits grazing.

Cast in bronze, and the first time Fitzmaurice has used this material, Litter has then been painted in white enamel, further confusing the appearance by altering the usual and expected surface of the traditional sculpting material. In addition, the use of this precious metal contradicts the form in which it takes.

Another work by Fitzmaurice, Arcadia (2007), consists of four signs in different locations at YSP, with different characteristics, ranging from the entry point to the expanses of Lower Park. In the signs, Fitzmaurice works with the sculptural quality of words; the architecture of letters. He considers ideas of arcadia – a utopian region of contentment – and in so doing questions what has made and makes a place like the Bretton Estate, and how we choose to experience it.

The signs mimic UK road signage systems: motorway blue; heritage brown; hazard yellow; town and village white. By placing them at these points, the artist distorts our familiarity with this category of sign which is commonly designed to give us information or point us in certain directions. In his work, Fitzmaurice makes a space in which we can consider the function and meaning of such signs.

Leo Fitzmaurice won the Northern Art Prize 2011