University Gallery, University of Florida (2013)

In Lay of the Land, Fisher gained full access to the vaults housing the Florida Museum of Natural History’s vast archives. The carefully selected ancient artifacts were then incorporated into an elaborate multimedia installation of video, ready mades, performance and photographs which were digitally printed on a variety of materials including silks and raw animal hides. The underlying theme is ultimately a question of function versus aesthetic. Is a centuries-old basket-woven hat with a face painted on it more useful to look at or to shield the sun? Time and evolved cultural thinking have made the answer far less pronounced. Fisher’s probing of this question, and subsequent tampering of the evidence, is thorough and extraordinary.