Project 4 GOW at GNM
April 4th - May 6th 2011

Jamie Fitzpatrick

The Unnatural History Museum

Which of us, from our earliest days are unfamiliar with the natural order of things? We seem to know instinctively that birds and mammals do not interbreed, fur and feathers cannot cohabit.  Where do we get this knowledge?  Is it an innate collective consciousness, are we indoctrinated by Darwinism?  The expectation upon entering a natural history museum is that our experience and knowledge of the order of the natural world will be reinforced. Seeing something so contrary to this ‘truth’, something not fully explained provokes in us a heightened sense of curiosity and wonder.  We are encouraged to reassess the authority of the museum environment, look again at the exhibits and ask ourselves ‘what if’.

'Such is the audacity of man, that he hath learned to counterfeit Nature, yea, and is so bold as to challenge her in her work'.
Pliny the Elder

Jamie Fitzpatrick is a sculptor living and working in Glasgow. Having graduated from Duncan of Jordnstone in 2009 with a 1st Class BA (Hons) in Fine Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practices, he has since gone on to win several awards and featured in several publications and articles. He has received the George Duncan of Drumfork Scholarship, the RSA John Kinross to Florence, the W.A.S.P.S Studio Award and the Scottish Sculture Studios Award, resulting in a 6 week residency, as well as being featured on the front cover of Skinny magazine. Jamie Fitzpatrick has exhibited regularly nationwide and has work in public and private collections including America and Europe. Currently, he is exhbiting at Shoreditch Town Hall, London.





















Jamie Fitzpatrick

Guinie pig with wings