This painting was created as I thought about breathing - ongoing, as well as the last breath. It is an expression of the kind of energy that breathing entails; in, out, and release. The ground is gilded with aluminum, and 2 rings. One is 12k gold, the other 18k gold. These rings symbolize the way breath is contained and released. The roundness of the work suggests a view beyond space and time toward a universal metaphysics – the immeasurable energies that hold our breath as well as our beliefs. This artwork is physically round. It installs on a cleat system. A cleat that is 20" in width and 1/4" deep is nailed to the wall with flat head nails or screws. The artwork sits on this cleat. A bottom cleat is also used for this piece. 

- Karen Fitzgerald

When Breath Leaves My Body

Oil painting on composite board
Painting wraps around edges
Varnished and Ready to hang

Signed on back

40" h x 40" w x .5" d
6 lbs. 3 oz.



Karen Fitzgerald
Woodside, New York

Getting to Know Karen

“My work is a bridge between the present and the past,” says abstract artist Karen Fitzgerald. “I'm using gilding processes that come down to us from the Renaissance. I'm also responding to a broad range of artwork from a wide range of time and cultures.” Karen’s roundels also have a celestial quality, glowing like the sun or shimmering like the moon. The reflective nature of her gilded work makes light an important part of the viewing experience. The work is inspired by emotion but executed with fine precision. It is perhaps this dichotomy that provides a feeling of balance to the viewer.