A God in the Hearth
During a residency program in eastern Oregon at Playa, Summer Lake, OR, I began a series of paintings exploring humanity’s deep connection to fire and its impact on the planet. Without fire we would not exist. Using fire we became like it, sweeping across landscapes and transforming them utterly. The hearth fire has always been at the center of human existence, but now our hearths are largely hidden in the form of engines and power plants. Instead of wood they burn fossil fuels. These hidden hearths and their hidden fires are changing the climate of this planet with possibly dire consequences for humanity.
This project is a work in progress. It will be on display as a solo exhibition at the Art Center in Corvallis, OR (July 13 – August 19, 2017) and will be accompanied by a printed catalog.
To read a draft of my full essay on this subject go here