Monday, December 9, 2019

Sacred Circle "Natchez"


Sacred Circle "Natchez", original digital print. Visit Brian Fisher Studio, Studio #2, on the 2019 VIVA Holiday Art Studio Tour, Dec. 14-15, 10am-4pm to see "Natchez"!

From the whorls of our fingertips, the irises of our eyes, to our cells and the egg that gave each of us life, we are manifestations of the circle.

My print images about circle reflect the symbolic nature of the shape. Their names reference the sacred sites, temples, cathedrals that more often than not were built and built again upon ancient and already sacred sites.

My personal references for "Natchez" are the mounds, as seen from above, the Natchez Native Americans built as foundations for their temple structures on the lower Mississippi River and the Magnolia trees in blossom I saw for the first time when visiting that beautiful part of our world.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Kodama / VIVA Art Tour


Brian Fisher Studio is stop # 2 on the VIVA Holiday Art Studio Tour December 7-8 & 14-15, 10am-4pm.  Come for the fun!

Kodama- Indigenous cultures around the world revered special trees or rocks or unique aspects of their homelands.  Japanese myth speaks of Kodama, deities who dwell within or among the trees and groves they protect. 
One of the oldest references to the Kodama is the book Wamuryorui Jyusho or Japanese Names for Things; written 931 – 938 CE.  In this dictionary Kodama are defined as spirits of the trees.
Early Japanese lore described the Kodama as either invisible or indistinguishable from trees but over time Kodama took on human aspect.  There are stories of Kodama falling in love with humans and assuming human shape to be with their beloved much like the Greek myths of Dryads, humans and gods.
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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Vashon Island Art Studio Tour Holiday 2019





































Brian Fisher Studio is stop #2 on the 2019 Vashon Island Holiday Art Studio Tour.  Check out all 45 tour studios and galleries at Vashon Art Tour featuring 120 plus artists!
This VIVA event is a fun and informative experience! Make a date with a friend, choose your route and experience Art on Vashon!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Knossos

"Knossos", Collagraph Monotype Print 1/1,  Brian Fisher. 
Ariadne awaits without
while her lover within unreels 
the clue that reveals the quest 
that will echo in worlds beyond 
their imagining.

Brian Fisher

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Centaurs

"Centaurs", Brian Fisher. Monotype Print (1/1), 10 x 10 in.
The Ailanthus Altissima, Tree of Heaven, planted by my Grandma Fisher had metamorphosed into a thicket resembling a giant asparagus patch by the time I was born.  My cousin, brother and I had however recognized the trees true equine nature and would each select and snap a brittle steed from the patch and gallop up the creek bank and into the pasture.  While they imagined themselves as cowboys or Indians I knew, I always knew, we were Centaurs.

From “The Centaur” by May Swenson

My forelock swung in my eyes,
my neck arched and I snorted.
I shied and skittered and reared,

stopped and raised my knees,
pawed at the ground and quivered.
My teeth bared as we wheeled

and swished through the dust again.
I was the horse and the rider,
and the leather I slapped to his rump

spanked my own behind.
Doubled, my two hoofs beat
a gallop along the bank,

the wind twanged in my mane,
my mouth squared to the bit.
And yet I sat on my steed

quiet, negligent riding,
my toes standing the stirrups,
my thighs hugging his ribs.
Link to May Swenson’s poem, “The Centaur”.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Awakening

"Awakening", Brian Fisher, 10"x 10", original digital print
Climate Change...  Do not assume rational action from reasonable humans.  To be human, it would seem, is to be irrational.  When faced with the Eco-Apocalypse we are engaged in, we prefer to deny scientific facts and at the same time assume science will “fix” our future.  If there ever was a common cause we are neck deep in it, each connected, one to the other and solely dependent on earth, our mother, for any kind of future.  Awake!  Please!  Now!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

There Was a Boy

"Nature Boy", Brian Fisher, Monotype Print with 24k gold leaf.   


When I was young my Grandma Lula and I were big fans of Nat King Cole.  Whenever we listened to records (all the time) I asked that she play his soulful recording of "Nature Boy" over & over and yes... one more time please? 

This green man image is one of several monotype prints inspired by Eden Ahbez's magical  words and Cole's rendition of "Nature Boy".  Listen to the link below.

Nature Boy

There was a boy
A very strange enchanted boy
They say he wandered very far, very far
Over land and sea
A little shy and sad of eye
But very wise was he

And then one day
A magic day he passed my way
And while we spoke of many things
Fools and kings
This he said to me
The greatest thing you'll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return

The greatest thing you'll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return


Eden Ahbez

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Seasons Change

Inspired by the trees and landscape around me, all seemingly illuminated from within.  This is "Seasons Change", 10 x 10 in. collograph print over wood panel.

Autumn burned brightly,
a running flame through the mountains,
a torch flung to the trees.

Faith Baldwin, American author.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Lethe- The River & Godess of Forgetting

The Goddess of Forgetting, Monotype Print by Brian Fisher
"Long ago you kissed the names of the nine muses goodbye
and watched the quadratic equation pack its bag,
and even now as you memorize the order of the planets,

something else is slipping away, a state flower perhaps,
the address of an uncle, the capital of Paraguay.

Whatever it is you are struggling to remember,
it is not poised on the tip of your tongue
or even lurking in some obscure corner of your spleen.

It has floated away down a dark mythological river
whose name begins with an L as far as you can recall

well on your own way to oblivion where you will join those
who have even forgotten how to swim and how to ride a bicycle."

From the poem “Forgetfulness” and the book of poems - Questions About Angels, by Billy Collins.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Cygnus, Vashon Center for the Arts- Live Auction


"Cygnus", my Rust Monotype Print, will be in the Vashon Center for the Arts live auction, “Masquerade: A Midsummer’s Night Dream”, September 21, 6:45-8:45 pmHere's what the schedule looks like for this year's annual fundraiser. 

Doors open at 5:30 pm at VCA, Vashon Island WA.  
Live auction tickets are $50.  
Silent Auction & Appetizers, 5:30-6:30 pm.
Golden ticket raffle sales $100., (100 tickets only) for $2,500. towards an art purchase or a week in a Paris apartment.
Live auction viewing while enjoying specialty cocktails, beer, wine and appetizers.
Live auction, 6:45-8:45 pm. 


“Cygnus” represents transformation and is a Rust Monotype with 24k gold on vintage linen mounted over a coped wooden panel. 
My father’s voice first conjured the mythic stories of Ursa major and minor, the Pleiades, Andromeda and Cygnus into my consciousness while we lay on our backs in the grass of my grandparent’s Kansas farm, gazing up through night binoculars.
Cygnus is one of the most recognizable and brightest constellations in the Northern sky from June to December.  Look up. Of course those are wings, a beak and tail!  Yes, I see a swan!
In one Greek myth, Cygnus was Phaethon’s lover.  When Phaethon died by Zeus’s lightening bolt (he had scorched the earth while driving his father’s Sun chariot), Cygnus was inconsolable and was changed by grief.
Ovid  writes in Metamorphoses II, “As Cygnus mourned, his voice became thin and shrill, and white feathers hid his hair. His neck grew long, stretching out from his breast, his fingers reddened and a membrane joined them together. Wings clothed his sides, and a blunt beak fastened on his mouth."
"Cygnus became a new kind of bird: but he put no trust in the skies, or in Zeus, for he remembered how that god had unjustly hurled his flaming bolt.
Instead, Cygnus looked for marshes and broad lakes, and in his hatred of flames chose to inhabit the river that would quench fire.”
 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Ouroboros, monotype print, symbol of eternity.

































Ouroboros, the snake that swallows its tail, is emblematic of eternity.  He is the world serpent who circles the earth in his coils and represents the duality of existence and the eternal unity of all things.  As concept and symbol the Ouroboros exits in Egyptian and Greek myth, Christian Gnosticism and was a common myth of indigenous people of South America.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Kronos, Threshold Guardian

Kronos, painted steel Threshold Guardian, garden art.

Thresholds are boundaries between worlds.  They are liminal because they are neither here nor there, in or out. They represent end and they are beginning.  They may exist as physical boundaries, the wood or stone lintel at your feet, but are also embodiment of the worlds where the unconscious and awakened consciousness meet. They are time out of time.

Once upon a time I ran. I was fast enough to win some races.  What I remember best about those experiences were out of body movement towards a simple goal, a finish line. The guardian of the threshold was time himself.

I have been working on new interpretations of personal threshold guardians.  Above is my take on Kronos, “Father Time” (watches and clocks were once called chronographs). Kronos is for me the running man, embodiment of the race, our dance in time and my own experience of timelessness.
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