Kirralee Fisher

Website: http://kirraleefisher.com

Email: wave@kirraleefisher.com

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Still Life, Digital Painting, 38 x 50 cm

No one But Me, Mixed Media, 21 x 15 cm

Howl, Mixed Media, 21 x 15 cm

Pushing Out, Egg tempera on canvas, 100 x 100 cm

De Halve Maan talks Wild, Egg tempera on canvas, 100 x 100 cm

Saving one another (Lochrin Basin Public Art), Image Courtesy Maverick Photo Agency, Digitally printed tiles, 359 x 532 cm


Statement

My work investigates how to turn everyday elements into the fantastical. I am interested in storytelling and like to imagine daydreams that people or characters may have to dispel the ordinariness or stresses of everyday life. Where possible and relevant, I like to inject a sense of humour into my work.

I am a big fan of wildlife. I am fascinated by their ability to inspire, give a comforting presence, astonish with the incredible variation in their forms and to provide another dimension as I watch their antics and interaction with each other, with people and with the built and natural environments. I also have ecological and philosophical concerns regarding wildlife. In particular, why do we glorify some animals and denigrate others as pests and scavengers? If there is an imbalance in biodiversity, resulting in “pests”, should we look more closely at our own role in this occurrence? This is why wildlife, in particular, the unglorified urban animal or insect is often the key motif in my work.

Aesthetically, my illustrations and paintings are very much inspired by the historic and contemporary art practice of Surrealism, together with Western Medieval art traditions, including egg tempera, bestiaries and a wonderful and strange sense of humour. More recently, I have been inspired by the possibilities that digital art has to offer and I have used this medium for my latest work.

Biography

Born and raised in rural Western Australia and originally trained as a Chartered Accountant in the sunny city of Perth. I have a Diploma in Foundation Studies from Leith School of Art and a BA (Painting) from Edinburgh College of Art. I have since undertaken a number of short courses in illustration, both analogue and digital.