“Do you choose to be an artist or does it chooses you? We all have creative abilities, but we all aren’t moved to make it a lifelong skill and nurture. It’s that emotional connection and the need to create that pulls us.
It starts in childhood as it did with me. Drawing, clay work, sculpture all touched me and curiosity inspired me to take the next step.
Challenging one’s self is an important part of growth. It is why I chose to explore a unique phenomena occurring in the bronze foundry I was casting in.
As the crucible was lifted to pour molten metal into the ceramic molds, splashes of bronze dropped on the ground forming unique patterns. These splashes, if directed into a sand mold, would form beautiful patterns with incredible results.
Working with William Jurgenson of Vineland On. made all this possible. His Art Foundry and his knowledge as a teacher and artist provided experimentation to explore this avenue.
As a sculptor and body casting artist, my passion for figurative work would provide the medium for the process to come alive.
The sculptures I made of clients and models were then used as molds in the foundry. The results were fascinating and incredibly exciting. Each ladle of molten metal (2300 F) was my paint brush as I flipped and splashed this lava like substance. Layer by layer, flowing under and over the previous layer, created a topographic surface I had not seen before.
The reveal of each piece had me hooked. The long process was worth the effort.
My largest work to date is a wall relief of a life size African elephant. Yes, I actually took a partial mold of her. This method of casting bronze, became part of the message. The lace like, fragmented surface depicts the elephants plight in the wild. A message that can’t be ignored.
I was born in Hungary and came to Canada when I was eight. A country girl who had no idea where life would take her. It’s been an interesting ride.
My advice, take chances, pursue dreams, follow your passion and don’t take no for an answer.” Gabrielle Fischer