Fire & Fumage Series (2017)
Deep in the caves of Lascaux, France, prehistoric artists scraped their charred torches along the walls to produce more light as they moved into the deepest recesses to create their paintings. I am completely taken by the power of those marks. They represent both the drive to create and the unintentional mark making born of necessity.
Through experimenting with burning my own paintings, I found in those markings a means to focus the flame and introduce the fragile, minimalistic concrete works. With The New Cave Wall, I attempt to control the media and capture the power of process and the abstract language of fumage. These works are process-driven, comparative studies. Each work was made at the same time, with the same hand and scorched by the exact same flame, and yet each work is unique one to the other. I find there is a visceral recognition and attraction that touches the primal nature of our being.