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Melanie Fisher

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Bird Of Paradise Chinese Silk  76" x 13.75" x 13.5"  Fabric Sewn Over Wire, Piping And Wood

Bird Of Paradise Chinese Silk

76" x 13.75" x 13.5"

Fabric Sewn Over Wire, Piping And Wood

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Bird Of Paradise Dutch Wax Flower  69" x 10.5 x 13.5"  Fabric Sewn Over Wire, Piping And Wood

Bird Of Paradise Dutch Wax Flower

69" x 10.5 x 13.5"

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Polka Dot Spider Flower  22" x 30" x 30"   Fabric Sewn Over Wire And Piping

Polka Dot Spider Flower

22" x 30" x 30" 

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Aquatic Plant   32" x 47" x 44"  Embroidered And Applique Sewn Fabric Over Wire And Wood

Aquatic Plant 

32" x 47" x 44"

Embroidered And Applique Sewn Fabric Over Wire And Wood

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Aquatic Plant II   40" x 42" x 50"  Embroidered And Applique Sewn Fabric Over Wire And Wood

Aquatic Plant II 

40" x 42" x 50"

Embroidered And Applique Sewn Fabric Over Wire And Wood

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Match Stick Flower  45" x 22" x 24"  Fabric Sewn Over Wire, Piping And Wood

Match Stick Flower

45" x 22" x 24"

Fabric Sewn Over Wire, Piping And Wood

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Bird Of Paradise Chinese Silk  76" x 13.75" x 13.5"  Fabric Sewn Over Wire, Piping And Wood

Bird Of Paradise Chinese Silk

76" x 13.75" x 13.5"

Fabric Sewn Over Wire, Piping And Wood

Bird Of Paradise Dutch Wax Flower  69" x 10.5 x 13.5"  Fabric Sewn Over Wire, Piping And Wood

Bird Of Paradise Dutch Wax Flower

69" x 10.5 x 13.5"

Fabric Sewn Over Wire, Piping And Wood

Polka Dot Spider Flower  22" x 30" x 30"   Fabric Sewn Over Wire And Piping

Polka Dot Spider Flower

22" x 30" x 30" 

Fabric Sewn Over Wire And Piping

Aquatic Plant   32" x 47" x 44"  Embroidered And Applique Sewn Fabric Over Wire And Wood

Aquatic Plant 

32" x 47" x 44"

Embroidered And Applique Sewn Fabric Over Wire And Wood

Aquatic Plant II   40" x 42" x 50"  Embroidered And Applique Sewn Fabric Over Wire And Wood

Aquatic Plant II 

40" x 42" x 50"

Embroidered And Applique Sewn Fabric Over Wire And Wood

Match Stick Flower  45" x 22" x 24"  Fabric Sewn Over Wire, Piping And Wood

Match Stick Flower

45" x 22" x 24"

Fabric Sewn Over Wire, Piping And Wood

Matchstick Flower, Melanie Fischer

In most of the world today, our experience of “the natural” is a concept. We go into parks to commune with Mother Earth where we have built and shaped the land to fit our comfort level, removing the chaos and risks of actual wilderness. The bar for what is an authentic nature experience is continually lowered as our experiences are further and further removed from the actual wild.   Urban parks have recently begun replacing real grass with large artificial grass fields. They are a delight to lie on. They seem perfect. Clean, flat, and fresh, as we would like nature to be.
 


This dissonance between what is natural and what is artificial is the central theme in my work.  I create landscape that charm in their extreme artificiality. Pulling the viewer into an immediate visceral and tactile experience, my work nurtures visitors.  At the same time my natural settings are clearly made of manmade materials — exaggerating the distance from the actual “wild.” By engulfing my viewers in an artificial natural setting within the urban sprawl, we reflect on this relationship:  what do we need from “the natural” and how can this need be fulfilled.