Arline Fisch: Creatures from the Deep

June 4, 2011 — July 30, 2011

Visitors are invited to explore a beautiful world of shimmering wire jellyfish in Arline Fisch: Creatures from the Deep. In 2008, the Racine Art Museum (RAM) commissioned internationally acclaimed jewelry artist Arline Fisch to create this special installation for its Windows on Fifth Gallery. Bringing her work to a grand scale, Creatures from the Deep showcases Fisch’s use of knitting and crocheting techniques to create larger-than-life sea creatures made of wire. HCCC is pleased to host the touring version of this exhibition, which will transform the small gallery into a tranquil underwater world, with floating jellyfish of different colors and shapes.

Arline Fisch has been one of the most visible and influential forces in an international art jewelry movement that began in the 1940s. Artists and jewelers changed the definition of jewelry by questioning the importance of precious materials and traditional jewelry techniques. Fisch pioneered the application of textile techniques to sculptural work in metal that pushed the boundaries between jewelry and dress. Her integration of weaving, knitting, crocheting and braiding of metal into the creation of jewelry was a groundbreaking technique that has become standard among her contemporaries.

Arline Fisch: Creatures from the Deep is organized by the Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin. The exhibition is made possible by Racine Art Museum Premiere Sponsors: Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd; S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.; and Members of the RAM Society.