A Assistant Department Chair and Associate professor in the Grand Valley State University Department of Art and Design, Timothy Fisher received his M.F.A. degree in Studio Drawing from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and both his M.A. and B.F.A. degrees in Studio Drawing and Painting (respectively) from Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Prior to joining the Grand Valley State University faculty, Fisher served as a faculty member at the Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The current work presented begins with the detection of curiously staged stories, events, or notions I have come upon. Anecdotal forms, symbols, and imagery are the flesh best suited to both reveal and veil the humor and misfortune of everyday tales.
We're all familiar with children's nursery rhymes whose sound is innocent enough, but whose themes are quite darkly disturbing, salaciously satirical, or deliciously droll.
These paintings and drawings are pun offspring of stories. Loosely connected to known parodies, allegories, and idioms, some are driven from personal events and observances. This is a ploy, obscuring a precise reliving and performance. Symbolically colorful whims and associations prevent a moralizing monologue and foster revolving mindfulness.
These stories conceal their substance with the agreeable- a gingerbread house, prince charming, pumpkin chariots, the letting down of long blonde hair... True appreciation may come later.
Following the remaining bread crumbs from whence to hence, I reconsider an overture, its nature, and now and then service it into a new persona. Poking and prodding with paint-loaded stick along a crooked circular trail, eventually uncovering a singleton hidden under a rock and a hard place beneath the flora... Creatures appear everywhere... Some things seen before, others not. I splice, reanimate, and dress-up the various appearances of the immature, the highbrow and the forgotten.
Some things don't work and longer, others will always be true, and yet others perhaps are best combines, so why not?
There was an old lady who swallowed a fly...