My Art, My Voice

Mary Fisher
1 min readJul 7, 2023
“Bassari” by Mary Fisher — 50”x35” — Digital Imagery and intaglio type on cotton — 2003

“I don’t know what I’ve done for the world of art, but I know what art has done for me. It has given me a voice with which I can speak about the unspeakable — that which is too mean for language, and that which is too glorious for words. Art, I once said, “…has to do with the entire human experience, the power of hormones as well as headaches, whatever makes me giggle and whatever makes me weep. It is my soul’s response to life as I experience it…and it has always been this way for artists: the young woman in the death camp who sketched butterflies, the young man who uses graffiti and rap to show his rage at injustices, the great Mahalia Jackson starting into ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ when she’d been banned for her color….”

From “An Unlicensed Life” — Speech given by Mary Fisher

Danbury, CT — August 26, 2015

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Mary Fisher

Speaker, artist and author. Activist calling for courage, compassion and integrity. Mom/Grandma. 1st Female White House Advanceman. Keynoted ’92 RNC.