M. Fisch: Artist/Jeweler/Author/Professor of Art Emerita SDSU
M. Fisch, Professor of Art Emerita, San Diego State University is an
Artist/Jeweler working primarily in precious metals, exhibiting work
nationally and internationally. Author of the book, Textile Techniques
in Metal, published in 1975, 1996 and 2001, she frequently conducts
intensive short-term workshops in the United States and abroad. She
has lectured and exhibited widely in North America, Europe, and the
Far East and her work is represented in numerous museums and private
collections. A major retrospective exhibition and catalog of her work
entitled Elegant Fantasy, The Jewelry of Arline Fisch organized by the
San Diego Historical Society/Taboo
toured museums from 2000-2003 including the Textile Museum in Washington,
D.C. and the Museum of Art and Design in New York.
#1 What is your highlight Visual art experience from the last year?
"I have been commissioned by the Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconsin
to create an installation for a series of 6 large windows which face
the street. I have chosen the theme of 'jellyfish' because I am intrigued
by their many forms and brilliant colors. I have made various 'families'
of jellies, one for each of the windows. These vary dramatically in
form with each set a different color. The jellies are fabricated in
very small gauges of color-coated copper wire using hand and machine
knitting and hand crochet. They are all suspended and will sway using
small fans to move them gently. This project will be installed in the
first week of August 2008 and will remain on view for 12 months. In
March 2009 I will add a new dimension with a series of corals and sea
anemones also fabricated by knitting and crochet using the same wires."
#2 What is your vision of the future of the Visual arts for San Diego?
#2 "I think there could be more opportunities for temporary installations
similar to the 'urban tree' project along the waterfront. Why not have
works on view in parks or on business streets or on blank walls (as
in the wonderful flowers recently painted on a large wall on Reynard
Way). Perhaps there could be more involvement with small businesses
in neighborhoods to enhance the ever-present strip malls."