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Bio-Plastics: Sculptural Experimentation

  • 22 Jul 2021
  • 7:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom


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What do gelatin, hagfish slime, algae, shrimp and cicada shells have in common? Artist Sasha Fishman has been experimenting with these materials, converting them into bioplastics she uses to sculpt works of art. In this presentation, Sasha will discuss her experience as an artist experimenting and formulating new materials for her practice and tries to discover ways to create non-toxic and recyclable materials from nature? 
Sasha Fishman is a sculptor and researcher based in Los Angeles, originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She is particularly interested in marine biomaterials, toxicology + genetic engineering as points for critical analysis + mechanisms for sculpting. Fishman considers her studio practice to be equal parts research and creative output.

Fishman has exhibited at Spring/Break LA (2020); Ars Electronica, Los Angeles (2020); Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York (2019); Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles (2020); the Visual Arts Center, Austin (2019, 2018, 2017); and the Rosenberg Gallery at Goucher College, Baltimore (2019) among others. She has presented her work, run workshops and given talks at Caltech (2020), Genspace (2021), and UCLA, University of Denver, and CSULB (2021). She holds a B.F.A. in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin (2018). Fishman has been a recipient of numerous awards, including a grant from The Dallas Museum of Art (2018), research fellowships from Caltech (2020), The University of Texas at Austin (2018), and scholarships from The Baltimore Jewelry Center, Urban Glass, Oxbow and Anderson Ranch. Fishman is currently organizing a community cicada shell collection and bioplastic extraction workshop with The Shed Space in Baltimore and an artistic research assistant at SUPERCOLLIDER Gallery.

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The mission of the Natural History Society of Maryland is to foster stewardship of Maryland’s natural heritage by conserving its natural history collections, educating its citizenry, and inspiring its youth to pursue careers in the natural sciences.

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