Shelby Fischer

Images | Images 2 | Images 3 | Bio | Info

Artist portfolio

Download artist portfolio Download artist portfolio >

Artist statement

My mixed media collages and assemblages blend surrealism with otherworldly imagery. Each work is a fragment of an intuitive story—odd and mysterious narratives that are familiar echoes of a long lost, often twisted fantasy or nightmare. Imagine Alice in Wonderland meets Max Ernst via Frida Kahlo.

A self-taught visionary artist, I accumulate images that resonate with unconscious potential from a wide range of illustrated sources found on the internet. Through an improvisational process I “paint” the canvas with paper and fibers, building texture and mood to create backdrops for collaged forms. These imaginary landscapes are inhabited by creatures and objects painstakingly hand cut from their printed sources. Intricately pieced frames made from glass tile fragments, sometimes interrupted by metal shards, vintage wood, and found objects, extend the scene—beautiful foils to unexpected scenarios. These sculptures often become elements of larger, more complex constructions.

Ultimately, I am obsessed with elaborate projects that involve breaking apart the whole, and then reassembling the disparate pieces and parts in an attempt to make sense out of the questions and chaos in my head. I am drawn to art that gets under my skin—like a thorn in my finger or pebble in my shoe.


Images | Images 2 | Images 3 | Bio | Info