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Mary Fischer

Mary Fischer

Mary Fischer believes that building with extruded pieces is like playing with Legos. The more pieces you have to play with, the more you can move things around until the right combination appears. Some works include multiple pieces that are not attached so that playing can continue, arranging and rearranging as fancy dictates. She looks at buildings in the wild and in books. They get jumbled in her head and sorted out by her hands. The buildings started as boxes. Lids became roofs. Feet and chimneys appeared and things go on from there, changing from season to season.

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Mary Fischer Small White House at MudFire Gallery
Price: $90.00
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Mary Fischer White Barn at MudFire Gallery
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Mary Fischer Tall House at MudFire Gallery
Price: $210.00
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Mary Fischer Train Sculpture at MudFire Gallery
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Mary Fischer Barn Sculpture at MudFire Gallery
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Mary Fischer Textured Surface Sculpture #2 at MudFire Gallery
Price: $275.00
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Mary Fischer Plain Grey House Sculpture at MudFire Gallery
Price: $90.00
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Mary Fischer Grain Bin Sculpture at MudFire Gallery
Price: $185.00
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Mary Fischer Striped Tower Sculpture at MudFire Gallery
Price: $175.00
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Mary Fischer Striped Tower Sculpture at MudFire Gallery
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Mary Fischer House with Two Windows at MudFire Gallery
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Mary Fischer at MudFire

Gallery group show House and Home, March 2012
Gallery group show Compositions, September 2008

 

Mary Fischer Artist Statement

The focus of my work is architecture. I look at buildings in the wild and in books. They get jumbled in my head and sorted out by my hands. The buildings started as boxes. Lids became roofs. Feet and chimneys appeared and things go on from there, changing from season to season.

There are no special techniques or attempts to disguise how pieces are put together. Surface treatments and forms change over time as different things capture my interest. The timelessness of indigenous, especially desert, architecture is an abiding influence, as is the use of concrete by contemporary architects.

The making of houses is largely intuitive, but in order to get the "right" proportions, I sometimes make paper models. It is easier and quicker to make a piece out of paper and then use the model as a pattern to cut pieces out of clay. Building with extruded pieces is like playing with Legos. The more pieces you have to play with, the more you can move things around until the right combination appears. Some works include multiple pieces that are not attached so that playing can continue, arranging and rearranging as fancy dictates.

Mary Fischer Artist Resume

Education:
1965 Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, North Texas State University, Denton, Texas.
1982 Begin ceramics classes at the Dougherty Art Center, Austin, Texas.
1987 Continuing ceramics classes at the Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio, Texas.
Selected Exhibitions:
2012
House and Home, MudFire Gallery, Decatur, Georgia
Two Man show at Art SA, San Antonio, Texas
Two Man show at Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
2011
2 Women Show, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, Texas
Awash With White, Art SA, San Antonio, Texas
6x6x30, Sul Ross State University fine Arts Gallery, Alpine, Texas and COOP Gallery at San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas
2010,
18th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas
BRICKS AND MORTOR: Inspired By Architecture, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Clay Across Texas, AUSTIN, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, Texas
The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
100 American Ceramics from the Collection of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas
Harmonious Mud, Poissant Gallery, Houston, Texas
2009
Change of Venue, Poissant Gallery, Houston, Texas
2 Women Show, The Artful Corner, Houston, Texas
2008
Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
Compositions: 7 Artists Creating Sculpture in Clay, MudFire, Decatur, Georgia
Art of the Pot, Invited Artist, Austin, Texas
2007
Art and Architecture, Live Oak Art Center, Columbus, Texas
Iota, Dallas, Texas
2006
5th Annual Sul Ross State University Ceramic Invitational, Alpine, Texas
Day of the Dead Show, Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
Change of Venue, Poissant Gallery, Houston, Texas
Iota, Dallas, Texas
2005
State of Texas - Clay, The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
30x5 Annual Ceramics Invitational, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
On a Whim, Poissant Gallery, Houston, Texas
2004
Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas
5th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas
Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
2003
6x6 An Exhibit of Handformed Pottery, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas
Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas
Crafthouston 2003: National, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, Texas
2002
Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas
Crafthouston 2002: Texas, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, Texas.
2001
16th Annual Clay Symposium and Exhibit, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas
Origins in Clay II, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas.
Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas
Made in Texas - Regional Clay: State of the Art, New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music, New Braunfels, Texas
2000 Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas