Marc Fish - Mollusque (2012)
“Marc’s journey exploring the Victorian obsession with natural history continues here. The often macabre display of anything dead and often still living in the shape of freak shows was a true Victorian pastime. Mollusque is an oversized representation of displayed artefacts, it would have been held in wonderment and fascination with all who viewed. Marc’s work has become timeless it is almost impossible to date the work or allocate a style or period, with elements mixing fictional era’s. His work could be described as mixing the visual depth, richness romanticism of Dickensian London and the futurism of Jules Verne. The complex technique Marc has developed for achieving a double compound curved solid wood item has been used before on the first two Nautilus shell tables.”
Nautilus II Table by Marc Fish
"Nautilus was born in an environment of artist freedom: an experimental piece that has embraced modern computer aided technology and combined it with innovative constructional techniques. The layering of over 4000 individual pieces of walnut and sycamore veneer has created the logarithmic spiral found within the Nautilus shell. The proportions of the Nautilus shell never change, no matter how large their growth: these proportions follow the classical order of the Golden Ratio. A more perfect form might not be found. This perfection commonly found in nature is often the source of Marc’s inspiration. The table has a texture which replicates the outside of the shell, created by hand carving the fluted growth patterns. Inside a satin sheen has been created which runs smoothly round into the chambered area replicated in Japanese lace paper."