The new series by Fitzpatrick is rich and mysterious, with opulent colors and depth. Here are a few comments from her about the series:
"This is the image (from 2002) that began my questioning of "What is sacred…and what is not?" In traditional iconography, there is a penetrating gaze, sometimes accompanied by gold or jeweled surfaces. The viewer is transported through the eyes of the icon into a place of deep spiritual nourishment and stillness. Artists use a similar kind of penetrating gaze when we study the natural world (both inner and outer) for inspiration. It can feel like a holy communion. The earth and our experience of it is perhaps our most ancient sacred text. In this show I have assembled what I hope will be a celebration of the sacred wearing many hats."