San Diego artist Arline Fisch is a multimedia artist and innovator in adapting techniques in fiber and metal. Designated a “Living Treasure of California” by the California legislature for her work as an artist, educator, author and contributor to the field of American crafts, Arline has a distinguished career as a maker of jewelry and body adornment. She is professor of art (emerita) at San Diego State University where she founded its program in jewelry and metalsmithing in 1961 and was awarded a gold metal of the American Craft Council in 2002.
Monterey Museum of Art presents Arline Fisch: Sea Jellies, a multimedia installation of 100 life-sized jellyfish species crocheted from color-coated stainless steel, nickel, copper wire and fiber. Suspended in space amidst an illuminated sea-blue wall tone, visitors will have the opportunity to feel as if they have been transported into the world of sea jellies and interact with these wondrous creatures through the eye of an artist. A recorded video projection of the Aquarium’s jellyfish will add a ‘live’ backdrop, enhancing the installation space with a multi- sensorial experience.
This installation compliments the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s upcoming exhibition, The Jellies Experience, due to open at the end of March 2012. Arline Fisch: Sea Jellies will open at the MMA La Mirada location March 23rd in the Klemme Gallery, in conjunction with California Impressionism: Selections from the Irvine Museum.