Mother, Artist, Author and Aids Activist, Fisher transformed the way that the world looked at AIDS in 1992 when she addressed the Republican National Convention saying ‘I would never have asked to be HIV positive but I believe in all things there is a purposeÉWe may take refuge in our stereotypes, but we cannot hide there long, because HIV asks only one thing of those it attacks. Are you human?’
Since that time she has worked tirelessly. A special representative of The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), her writings, speeches and photographs have filled five books, including her autobiography, My Name Is Mary.
She pours her creative energy into art. Fisher works across a wide range of media, from handmade papers, fiber and quilts to sculpture, prints and jewelry. Her art has been exhibited in one-woman and group shows and is found in distinguished private and public collections throughout the world. Her art, words, and photographs have been collected in five books including ABATAKA, a book of Africa-inspired art published in 2004. In spring 2006, her work was exhibited at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and in fall 2006, several of her sculptures were added to the permanent collection at the UNAIDS headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.