Katie Fisher

Region: Midwest

I build my paintings with party favors, discarded clothing, sequins, silk flowers, human hair, chicken bones, and whatever else I can get my hands on. I collect these objects and obsessively stitch them together into jam-packed assemblages that hang from the wall. I then coat the constructions with tinted resin, syrup, and plastic, allowing these materials to transform the paintings. Through this slow process of accumulation I create pieces that exist somewhere between painting, drawing, and sculpture.

I am interested in making work that challenges these boundaries while exploring consumption, excess, and the strange relationship between attraction and repulsion. I am influenced by commercials from the ’90s, Toddlers in Tiaras, county fairs, and dollar stores. It is my hope that this work, with its oozing, fleshy surface and shiny, pointy bits of plastic, hair, and bone, will seduce viewers into feeling that they are looking at something they shouldn’t.