Designer and artist Rachel Fitzpatrick is being presented by the Global Art Affairs Foundation to showcase her work at VENICE DESIGN, the largest design exhibition running alongside La Biennale di Venezia in May. Rachel’s work is displayed at the at the European Cultural Centre based in one of the cities historic palaces, Palazzo Michiel, located off the Grand Canal and in the heart of the Venice Biennale. Rachel has designed and created an exquisite sculptural chandelier, called “Fionn", in her signature style utilizing industrial materials. The sculpture has been specially crafted for the exhibition using over 650metres of hook and loop fastening tape.
‘Fionn’ is the namesake of the mythical Northern Irish giant, Fionn Mac Cumhaill. Legend speaks of Fionn’s size, strength and skill, but in particular the ability to outwit his enemies through disguise. Fitzpatrick has taken a heavy industrial material, sculpted it, disguising it as a giant lighting sculpture standing over two and a half meters long. Not dissimilar to MacCumhaill, she hopes to temporarily beguile the audience, inviting them to relook at the material by creating an elegant chandelier, using an everyday industrial material.
Over the six-month exhibition, running May 26 to November 25 2018, fifty creators from over twenty-five different countries of various cultural backgrounds, ages and points in their careers are invited to present work in VENICE DESIGN. One of the curators, Camille Guibaud, speaks of the exhibition: “During the Art Biennial, VENICE DESIGN intends to show a glimpse of the approaches of today’s international designers and is a testimony as well as an evidence of the current design scene”.
Fitzpatrick is honoured have been awarded the prestigious Artist International Development Fund to exhibit her wok at this years Venice Biennale. Rachel says, “It is a privilege to have received recognition through this award, which is a joint initiative supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland together with the British Council in Northern Ireland. Without the support from these two organisations I would have undoubtedly been unable to showcase my work and represent Northern Ireland at this major international exhibition”.