About Mary

Mary Fisher’s courageous speeches, books and interviews resulted in recognition as one of America’s leading AIDS activists, so her powerful works in textiles, fiber, sculpture and handmade paper have established her among the nation’s most gifted artists. With pioneering technique and rich juxtapositions of media, Ms. Fisher creates works that reflect her experiences and open her soul.

Ms. Fisher was a thriving artist and mother of two young sons when she was diagnosed HIV-positive in the summer of 1991. In August 1992, her speech at the Republican National Convention brought the convention floor to silence and tears, moved millions around the world, and gave her a new role: ambassador of compassion in the fight against AIDS.

Drawing inspiration from her activism, Ms. Fisher’s art is infused with textures and layers that evoke the beauty of life both visually and spiritually. Mary has refined a design aesthetic that is at once elegant and accessible, subtle and contemporary. In addition to her work in fine art, in collaboration with Lee Jofa Groundworks (Kravet) she now offers a line of her interior fabric designs.

Ms. Fisher has addressed premiers and prisoners, Congressional gatherings and communities of African women. She’s authored six books including her current best-selling memoir, MESSENGER, and designed The 100 Good Deeds Bracelet produced by vulnerable women in seven countries and sold in partnership with macys.com. She retains an exuberant, eclectic style in her life, her words and her design.

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