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Mattress Series, #3

by Chris Fitzgerald
Los Angeles US

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The Artwork

Something about mattresses on the side of the road seemed kind of sad to me, like tossing out a friend. That was the main driver for me…it seemed like such a lonely thing to just discard a mattress after spending so much time with it. I realize I’m personifying here, but it struck a chord in me for sure. I don’t shoot too many landscapes or still life images…most of my work involves people and most of my personal work involves some degree of voyeurism, so this was a slight departure. However, I feel like these photos still act as portraits in a way and there’s certainly an aspect of intimacy with a used mattress.

The Artist

Why do you create? I don't always feel like I have a choice. Creating things helps me process my own experience in the world and also find a way to ask questions of society and culture.
Has your creative process changed over time, if so, how? It's easy to get caught up in the "content for contents' sake" social media typhoon that we live in. I'm trying to slow down and make work that resonates with me, and hopefully others.
Do you consider yourself a full-time or part-time artist? Full time.
Besides creating, where else do you spend your time? Running, working out, rock climbing, exploring museums with my wife.
What inspires you? So many's hard to narrow it down. I try to collect experiences because I don't know what is going to hit me and move me from minute to minute.
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