the john fisher sculpture project

The sculpture is finished and we're looking for a buyer! The Three Ages of Woman is for sale with 50% of the proceeds benefiting the Art Center. For more information email Mendocino Art Center's Executive Director.

The sculpture, which was unveiled on September 29, 2007, will be onsite at the Mendocino Art Center until it sells. Please come by and take a look at this monumental piece of work. It's eight feet tall and gorgeous.

John Fisher's The Three Ages of Woman

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Italian-trained sculptor John Fisher kicked off his three-month long, on-site stone carving project, at the Mendocino Art Center Summer Arts Fair on Saturday, July 14th.

John carved a Texas limestone block weighing ten tons and measuring more than eight feet tall by four feet wide and four feet deep. He worked on the sculpture nearly every day through September 29 on the grounds of the Art Center.

By carving on-site, John provided the public with a rare chance to see the creative process first hand.

On Watching John Carve

When John Fisher began to carve the finer detail of his mother maiden figure, he talked excitedly about the nature of his relationship to the beautiful woman he was calling out of the stone. Listening, it was clear that for John, it was a moment of intimacy and charm, as if he were meeting a new love, beginning a relationship every bit as real and alive as those he cultivates with his human companions. Everyone who happened by that day seemed to feel the excitement: life was coming into focus. An enduring character, who would outlive us all, was emerging from the stone as if she'd been there for thousands of years, waiting patiently to be coaxed into being.

The moment felt mythic. We were seeing the capacity of a human being to create rather than destroy, to bring forth beauty. John Fisher was embodying that remarkable, ancient dimension of human nature that is truly noble. John has spoken often of how humbling it is to be able to create in the way he does. I believe those of us who had the privilege of watching him in action that morning, understood that John isn't being falsely modest when he speaks this way. He is speaking truth, acknowledging his own awe, his respect for the dimension of creativity that connects us to something bigger than ourselves, to every artist who has gone before, and to Spirit and the Divine. There is always mystery in the conception and expression of life, and life can take many forms, including those that emerge and endure as art, becoming part of the collective experience of our species.    

 —molly dwyer, September 7, 2007

woman sculpture

John Fisher is an American artist who spent twenty years in Italy, perfecting his craft in the shadow of Michelangelo. He's a man of intense passion and outstanding skills who takes a profoundly philosophical approach to art and its impact on communities. For over thirty years, his public, on-site carvings have fascinated the communities to which he is invited, as they observe his intuitive process. Without models or preliminary sketches, Fisher magically pulls figures out of the stone. The John Fisher Project, which is very social in scope, brings together the artist, the material, the audience, and the setting in a way in which it amplifies the beauty and strength of each.

Visit John Fisher's website.

horse sculptureThe photo to the left shows Fisher putting final touches on his Camden Monument sculpture in Fairfax, Virginia, an onsite carving project he completed in 2006. It's from Fisher's website. The banner sculptures are also from his website. On the left is Via con Dio, on the right, Allegra. The sidebar image is from his onsite sculpture project at Elings Park in Santa Barbara, CA, completed in 2004. It is titled Summit for Danny. The statue to the right, Genova, is on the cover of the summer 2007 Mendocino Arts magazine along with an excellent article about John Fisher and his work.

Fisher has carved well over 200 sculptures,
most while living in Italy for 20 years. Many are monumental in scale. According to his website, John "admires the haunting mystery of Stonehenge and the passion of Camille Claudel and the power of Michelangelo. He seeks to combine these elements into his own personal expression, drawing from life experiences such as having a child or losing a loved one."

"Once you have surrendered your fears, and given up control, the doors of perception open and creativity begins."
—John Fisher


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