Matthew Fisher, the New York–based talent who imbues sculptural stone objects with an anthropological slant, found inspiration in an unexpected place for his latest collection: the ballet. It’s no coincidence that the collection, Elegy, shares a name with the somber final movement of Serenade, George Balanchine’s first full-length American ballet. The production’s origins are steeped in the late choreographer’s vision for New York City Ballet; the composition was created to teach the fledgling company how to perform. Set to Tschaikovsky’s emotive Serenade for Strings, the production has evolved from its origins as a teaching ballet and now also reads as a meditation on the passage of time.
Fisher, a trained dancer and Lincoln Center regular, has channeled that profundity into a collection that represents a new frontier for his creative process. He mostly specialized in tabletop objects until now, but Elegy’s stone lanterns and coffee tables see him work on a much larger scale. Accents rendered in oxidized bronze and pumiced silver reflect his vision for the collection as “jewelry at a monolithic scale.” While natural stone has long been his material of choice, sourcing the marble, quartzite, and onyx used in Elegy took him to more than four continents over the course of a year.