Controlled Burn I
       
     
Controlled Burn II
       
     
Controlled Burn III
       
     
Controlled Burn IV
       
     
Controlled Burn V
       
     
Controlled Burn VI
       
     
Controlled Burn VII
       
     
Controlled Burn VIII
       
     
Controlled Burn IX
       
     
Controlled Burn X
       
     
Controlled Burn XI
       
     
Controlled Burn I
       
     
Controlled Burn I

archival pigment prints
edition of 4+1ap  60x40"
2013

In Controlled Burns, swirling and imposing clouds of smoke contend with one another in a physical battle between diametrically opposing explosions of black and white. From a structuralist point of view, this imagery serves as metaphor for binary opposition, e.g. good vs. evil or day vs. night, yet this is not the sole line of inquiry. Inspired by the smoke signals of the recent Papal conclave which uses smoke as form of basic communication, this series is apart of a larger artistic practice focusing on human relationships to nature.

 

Controlled Burn II
       
     
Controlled Burn II

Fire is a powerful natural force that we harness for greater good, and it is the only Classical element, that we can create on demand, yet when out of control it has the potential for grave destruction. Controlled burns, is a visual representation of an inherent duality in how we interact with nature, symbolizing our desire to conquer and control nature, reminding us that sometimes we must fight fire with fire.

 

Controlled Burn III
       
     
Controlled Burn III
Controlled Burn IV
       
     
Controlled Burn IV
Controlled Burn V
       
     
Controlled Burn V
Controlled Burn VI
       
     
Controlled Burn VI
Controlled Burn VII
       
     
Controlled Burn VII
Controlled Burn VIII
       
     
Controlled Burn VIII
Controlled Burn IX
       
     
Controlled Burn IX
Controlled Burn X
       
     
Controlled Burn X
Controlled Burn XI
       
     
Controlled Burn XI