"I build sculptures that express both my fantasy of what I want and my understanding of the reality of who and what I am. The sculptures are my better life, while they are also my real life. My work is inspired by the places and things that I love. It is inspired by a desire to be somewhere else and to find an easier life, yet to hold onto what I need and love in my real life. It is a love/hate relationship with where I am - wanting to leave and wanting to stay. My sculptures are my luggage, the seeds to a new life. They are my base and my ties, my cargo and my memorabilia, my last hope and my best hope."

Robert Fischer (born 1968, Minnesota) constructs survival habitats from cast-off materials, leftovers from a period defined by America's fascination with mobility and change. Unlike their utilitarian counterparts - boats, trailers, and airplanes - Fischer's habitat sculptures are altered, resulting in objects that are essentially ghosts of themselves. A boat, for instance, metamorphosized by numerous panes of glass, will not protect the inhabitant from the elements. In making these sculptures, Fischer seems to be at once constructing an ideal escape vehicle and saving himself from breaking ties with his homeland. Promoting self-sufficiency and rugged individualism, his sculpture is a metaphor for both movement and stasis.

Fischer, a Bush Artist Fellowship recipient in 1998, and a Jerome Foundation Fellowship recipient in 1995, graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (B.F.A., 1993). In addition to several local exhibitions, in 1997 Fischer was included in an international group exhibition at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo per l'Arte in Guarene, Italy. His work is included in the Walker's permanent collection.


Dorit Cypis Chris Larson