Burning Light Series

Light Sculptures created out of wood from Forest Fires.

"What is to give light must endure burning"

-Viktor Frankl



This series began in 2016 after I collected wood from the aftermath of the Sand Fire in Santa Clarita. 
Driving to work, I was struck by a sudden transformation of the land. Like passing through the gates of hell, in an instant the earth was black a
nd my mind could not register the change. The fire had passed through a week earlier, leaving a senseless path of destruction. A loan tree stood green, while all around looked flattened by an ashen foot.

I pulled over and stared transfixed.

Forgetting my work, I walked away from the road, feet lightly breaking through the surface like treading dark snow. 

Something pulled me to pick up a few pieces and carry them back to the car.

They lay like bodies in my living room for two weeks as I meditated, questioning what was I thinking bringing these home?

Then it came to me: cut and carve  the wood to preserve the charcoal, and bring out the light within.

In three years of working with this wood, I keep being surprised by the way the light wants to come out.

And I keep being surprised by the reactions to the pieces.

This work has become a source of hope.

We can keep moving after everything is lost.We can support each other through our weakness. We can find light in the dark.


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Next Steps:

I'm collaborating with fellow artists who work around fires to bring a touring art show around California.

Opening in March, 2019, this show will move through areas affected by fire for a year long tour.

We hope to connect to local communities, fundraise to rebuild homes, and bring national attention to the catastrophes.

At this stage we are looking for galleries to host, artists to participate, and securing funds to transport art.

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