Saturday, October 10, 2009

Mary Fischer is one of my favorite artists. Her elegant, spare barn shapes appeal to me greatly. They call up memories of my childhood summers on my grandparents' tobacco farm in rural North Carolina.  I am fortunate to own one of her white barns. You can find her work at Snyderman Works Galleries in Philadelphia. To see more visit

Mary Fischer
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.


  1. I can see why her work resonates with you-- there is such a minimal core-- a simplicity for form-- that I see in your work as well.