MIGUEL CARTER-FISHER: By blending the past and the present I feel I am carrying those experiences forward into my future. I guess it is an act of re-creation, or reflection. Immediate perception floods your imagination with light, sound, smells, and textures while memory provides connections and meanings to those sensations. The intense meditation that painting provides brings me to myself, and teaches me my own personal history. I recall things to go back to, or maybe things which demand further exploration. I can look back and say yes! that was it!. It was that moment. It was that feeling, From there I shape my future accordingly.
Miguel Carter-Fisher, Kate at Coney Island, 2012, oil on panel, 60 x 36 inches.
MCF: You hit the nail on the head. I believe that when composing a work of art, formal qualities take on metaphorical importance. You are not truly using the visual language until those forms transcend description and take on content. A classical guitarist I know named Jonathan Rodriguez once said to me, "Miguel it is not what the notes are but what the notes do that gives them meaning." I feel the same about light in my work. It is the means through which concept and narrative enter. When I paint light is never just a way of illuminating form, but how I attempt to encompass aspects of the human condition.
Miguel Carter-Fisher, Prague Sunrise, 2009, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches.
MCF: The New York Academy of Art is far more specialized than
Miguel Carter-Fisher, The Next Morning, 2012, oil on panel, 56 x 44 inches.
MCF: For starters the quality. I am still not thrilled with my own work but have come a long way. As for content I think it has been a long slow bloom. Despite the differences between the institutions I described earlier the work itself carries on in a consistent way. Referring back to your first question this is again that past carrying forward into the present. I think there has always been something inside me trying to get out, and as I grow and learn that voice has gone from an almost inaudible whisper, to a few soft statements. I aim to make it sing, and as of lately am increasingly excited about the next body of work I will take on.
Miguel Carter-Fisher, Zoe Reclining, 2012, charcoal on paper, 40 x 26 inches.
JBK: Tell us about what’s next for Miguel Carter Fisher? Are there any upcoming exhibitions or other creative opportunities?
MCF: Well as for exhibitions, I was in a Halloween themed show at Kraine Gallery on
Thanks Joe, this has been a lot of fun!
Miguel Carter-Fisher, Dad, 2012, oil on panel, 24 x 18 inches.
Miguel Carter-Fisher, Megan, 2011, charcoal on paper, 60 x 96 inches
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