Featured Artist Gabrielle Fischer

Artist Gabrielle Fischer presents a portfolio of bronze sculpture created in a signature layered and fragmented style. See more of her work by visiting her website.

 

Bronze sculpture with verdigris of a male torso by Gabrielle Fischer

“Gladiator” Bronze Sculpture with Verdigris Patina, 23” x 23” x 6”

 

As I reflect on my artwork and its evolution since my early twenties, it seems improbable that I would end up at this juncture. The transformations I went through in my artwork were often tied to my life’s journey. Not unusual, I suppose, as we are highly emotional creatures and our work often reflects that.

 

Bronze sculpture of a female torso by Gabrielle Fischer

“Guardian” Bronze Sculpture, Life-size

 

Clay was my first love, as it is incredibly malleable and yielding. My figurative female sculptures revealed a fascination with the human form. It wasn’t long before life-size nudes were far more fascinating to work with.

 

Bronze sculpture of Orion by Gabrielle Fischer

“Orion” Bronze Sculpture, 14” x 19” x 7”

 

Living in New York during the nineties added another element to my work. A sculpture commission for a bust of Jake LaMotta of “Raging Bull” fame evolved and included taking a mold of his fists. This one action caused momentum, and I worked with other greats such as Ken Norton, Archie Moore and George Chuvalo. The old world boxing champions fascinated me and I now have a collection of fists that continues to grow.

 

Bronze sculpture of a woman by Gabrielle Fischer

“Feel of Love” Bronze Sculpture, Life-size

 

I decided to combine my sculptural abilities with mold impressions of clients who wished to express themselves through their own image. They (the sculptures) became my “canvas” for my own creativity. I developed trust and confidence with each client I worked with. It was through that trust that I was able to evoke an emotional expression from them. The sculpture must emote a feeling and be relatable to others.

 

Bronze sculpture of a woman by Gabrielle Fischer

“Helena” Bronze Sculpture, 12” x 18” x 6”

 

I worked in several metal foundries during the eighties and nineties, and have cast small sculptures through the lost wax process. What I found fascinating during this time was how the molten bronze spilled onto the ground in interesting patterns. My thoughts was “how could I pour molten metal into an open mold?”

 

Bronze sculpture of Andromeda by Gabrielle Fischer

“Andromeda” Bronze Sculpture, Life-size

 

Since I was working with artist and foundry master Bill Jurgenson, I put the question to him. We proceeded to experiment and found a solution. We created open sand molds from my existing sculptures. Once the molten bronze was ready, I ladled out small portions and poured, splashed and flicked the 2400 hundred degree molten lava into the negative mold.

 

Bronze sculpture of a woman's backside by Gabrielle Fischer

“Curves are Beautiful” Bronze Sculpture with Verdigris Patina, 12” x 22” x 3”

 

The results just blew me away. It was the most exhilarating experience of my life.

 

Artist Gabrielle Fischer pouring bronze

Artist Gabrielle Fischer pouring bronze

 

The intense heat, cumbersome clothing I had to wear and the weight of the ladle with 30/40 lb. of molten metal at each turn was challenging, but worth any discomfort. It’s no wonder there aren’t too many female foundry workers. Yet, this is where I felt at home.

 

Bronze sculpture of Athena by Gabrielle Fischer

“Gold Athena” Bronze Sculpture, Life-size

 

My bronze sculptures have a landscape feel to them. Lace-like, they have overlapping layers going under and over to lock in the shape. Beautiful colors burst through as the burnt sand is pressure washed from the surface. Fire, water, metal and form all combine in this creative process.

 

Bronze sculpture of a female torso by Gabrielle Fischer

“Adira” Bronze Sculpture, 18” x 19” x 5” (Female Torso)

 

This fragmented depiction is a language in itself, with contradictions of fragility, sensuality and rigid sharp metal edges. But isn’t that what life is? Contradictions exist in all of us.

 

Artist Gabrielle Fischer with her Bronze Sculpture of an elephant

Artist Gabrielle Fischer with her Bronze Sculpture “Sheba,” Life-size

 

For me it works beautifully.

 

Artist Gabrielle Fischer invites you to watch her process of “painting with bronze” on YouTube, and the YouTube video on how she created “Sheba.”

 

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Comments

  1. Beautiful work, strong yet fragile, and thank you so much for sharing your process which is fascinating. I will check out your other videos too.

  2. Gabrielle Fischer says

    Thank you so much for your comments. That is how I see my work as well. Sensuous, fragile yet with strength and power. I love working in this medium.
    Best regards
    Gabrielle

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