Kirsten Fischler, a native of West Chester, PA, has developed a unique style of art making that incorporates recycled building materials in such a way that the leftover mundane is transformed into sought after refinement. She has been working with reclaimed wood and oil paint, as her primary medium for over 20 years. Her early influences were John Lafarge and Louis Comfort Tiffany who created the painted glass windows in the Church of the Holy Trinity where her father was rector. She later was influenced by the work of Francis Bacon, Antoni Gaudi’, Louise Nevelson, Chinese landscape painters Yuanji and Kwo Zsi, as well as the medical drawings of Golgi and Cajal.
Fischler received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in illustration where she spent her junior year abroad in Rome, Italy as part of the European Honors Program. She earned a MFA from Pratt Institute in painting, and It was there she was chosen to participate in the professional “Critic’s Symposium”. She currently teaches at Moore and Delaware Colleges of Art and Design and appears in the book, “100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley” by Catherine Quillmam.
Fischler returns to her roots in her current series, “Primal”. She explores the dance between organic and geometric form, exploring the grain of wood as her main inspiration. “I like to play natural, organic growth elements against human manipulations which tend to be mathematic, geometric and linear.” The grain is what drew her to using wood in the first place, so many years ago.
To see more of Kristen's work visit- www.kirstenfischler.com
Kristen will be exhibiting at Jeff Schaller's studio.