Inspired by Indian miniatures, Shaker gift drawings, and Tibetan thangkas, I use intricate line and pattern to pay homage to the remarkable complexity and delicacy of our world. By offering glimpses of distant, dreamlike narratives and lush, fantastic environments, I seek to create works that convey a sense of wonder, lightness and humor. Solitary human figures stand in as my alter egos and abandoned artifacts serve as reminders of the ongoing cycle of manifestation and decay. The brushed line work that depicts the way plants grow, clouds form, and rivers flow develops through a combination of planned under-painting and spontaneous linear improvisation. Before I begin, I have a sense of the way the currents will move, but largely I let each line inform the next. This allows for long stretches of meditative immersion in the continual flow of the brush. This repetitious line creates optically disruptive, hypnotic patterns that help dislocate the viewer from our ordinary, hard reality and offer a glimpse of a more spacious, un-tethered awareness.
Artist Bio / CV
Katy Fischer received a BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1995 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998. Solo exhibitions of her work include: Paintings at Space Gallery in Portland, Maine in 2010, Wandering Time at Proof Gallery in Boston in 2008, The Whole Thing at Western Exhibtions in Chicago in 2007, Here Is Everywhere at Julia Friedman Gallery in New York City in 2005, Toll Way Hills at Suitable Gallery in 2003 and Highlands Commute at Julia Friedman Gallery in Chicago in 2003. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at 443PAS in New York City, Regina Rex Gallery in Queens, Mixture Gallery in Houston, The Figge Museum in Davenport, Allston Skirt Gallery in Boston, Hermetic Gallery in Milwaukee, and Gallery Joe in Philadelphia. She was awarded an Artadia, Fund for Art and Dialog grant in 2004 and a Chicago Cultural Center Community Arts Assistance grant in 2002. Katy currently teaches printmaking and drawing at Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY) in Bronx, NY and she lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.