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Arline Fisch, Paper Lanterns, detail

Arline Fisch, Paper Lanterns, detail (2008), coated copper wire [Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue WA, Jun 22-Oct 11]

Arline Fisch: Creatures from the Deep

Bellevue Arts Museum
Bellevue WA – Jun 22-Oct 11, 2010

Arline Fisch, Paper lanterns

Arline Fisch, Paper lanterns (2008), coated copper wire [Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue WA, Jun 22-Oct 11]

Arline Fisch, Orthocannas

Arline Fisch, Orthocannas (2008), coated copper wire [Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue WA, Jun 22-Oct 11]

Arline Fisch is known for her pioneering use of textile techniques to create sculptural jewellery and metal body adornment. During her career, Fisch has integrated the weaving, knitting, crocheting and braiding of silver and copper wire into unique jewellery pieces. This is the first time Fisch has applied her methods to larger-scaled sculptures.

Creatures from the Deep was commissioned by the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin and originally shown as an aquarium-like installation in several windows before travelling to the Bellevue Arts Museum. The project challenged the artist to bring the intimacy of wearable pieces into a grand all-encompassing scale. An ensemble of jellyfish families are suspended from the ceiling while groupings of sea anemone and coral formations rest below. The larger-than-life sea creatures in the lively undersea environment are crocheted or knit from Fisch’s signature colour-coated small gauge wire. Delicate streaming forms of varying species float in space, suggesting an ephemeral quality of underwater life.

Arline Fisch had a long and distinguished career as a Professor of Art at San Diego State University, where she founded the jewellery program in the department of Applied Art in the 1960s. She is a perennial figure in the metals community and has influenced the development of many contemporary jewellery artists. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in many prominent collections such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Vatican Museum in Rome and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. She is the author of the book, Textile Techniques in Metal: for Jewelers, Textile Artists and Sculptors.


Allyn Cantor

 Sun, Jun 6, 2010