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Katie Fischer Deconstructs the Female “Selfie”

Inspired by social media in a fine art context, artist Katie Fischer is bringing Miami a collection of photographs that analyze the Selfie phenomenon, all for a great cause. Shown during a night of extravagance, the Women in Art “Creative Royalty” Benefit will feature mind blowing performances by Queen of the Night, Brooke Candy and much more on Wednesday December 3rd, with proceeds benefiting the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and School of Doodle. Get your tickets here and check out our interview with Fischer about her project and the art of being observed.


Who: Katie Fischer
What you do: Concept artist
Where you’re from: Lake Forest, Il
Where do you live now: NYC

Carrie_013-1Can you talk a little about the installation you will be showing at Art Basel Miami Beach?

I am doing an eight-piece installation for the Brooklyn Museum of Art/The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and one piece will become a part of their permanent collection. Overall it is a celebration of women in art and it benefits the museum as well as School of Doodle; all led by the fearless patron of female artists Nicole Ehrlich, grammy award winning producer for Lady Gaga and CEO of Rocket in My Pocket.


What were your influences for this project?

I read an article in Vanity Fair by Nancy Jo Sales entitled “Friends Without Benefits” and it inspired me to explore social media in a fine art context.

The “selfie” has been getting a lot of flack lately for being a self indulgent and narcissistic, is there any time when a selfie is appropriate?

I think “selfies” are inherently an affectation. And that they are inseparable from the Hawthorne effect, “whereby individuals improve or modify an aspect of their behavior in response to their awareness of being observed”


In the art world or beyond, what is there too much of and too little of?

Too little authenticity, too many sycophants.

What was your first experience with photography?

I was studying art in the South of France and I was in Arles for Les Recontres D’Arles one of the largest photography festivals in the world and there was a photo of a staged suicide. The loneliness, quiet and stillness of that photo really stayed with me.

What are you looking forward to seeing or doing in Miami?

The colors, light and connecting with other artists I love.


What are you obsessed with right now?

Erwin Olaf.

What’s your next project?

Large scale public sculptures.

What is your WILD Wish?

Solo show in 2015.

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text by: Kate Messinger

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