Fitzhugh Karol is a sculptor based in Brooklyn, NY. Working in wood, metal, and clay, Karol creates work that ruminates on man’s imprint in the landscape. “Interpreting landscape is the strongest force behind my work. The forms in my abstract sculptures draw on silhouettes of actual and imagined landscapes from my childhood and travels, including the traces of human imprint on the landscape. This imprint is often shown with carved steps, one of the most basic ways humans have altered the landscape to make it more suitable for their use.” Karol’s practice ranges from work that can be contained within a gallery setting to large-scale interactive public works, which create an inviting and unconventional way to experience sculpture.
Born in Lebanon, New Hampshire, Karol graduated from Skidmore College in 2004 with a B.S in Studio Art. Following this he lived and worked as an apprentice with ceramic artist Toshiko Takaezu in Quakertown, New Jersey. Fitzhugh received an M.F.A in Ceramic Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design in 2007, during which time his work began to incorporate wood and metal elements. Fitzhugh’s large outdoor sculptures are installed in three New York City Parks this year. He has previously exhibited at the Bartow-Pell Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, The LongHouse Reserve, Rochester Contemporary Arts Center, and The Aidron Duckworth Museum. Prior to the UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant, Fitzhugh was awarded the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space Residency, The Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship, Wassaic Project Residency, and the Socrates Sculpture Park’s Emerging Artist Fellowship.