ARTWORK > Playing With Fire

Watercolor woodblock (mokuhanga)
17" x 11" (43 x 28 cm)

Shapes derived from four video stills of a bonfire.

Less intimate than a hearth, a bonfire conjures up a larger gathering, in a park or on a beach or in a back yard — like a campfire, but bigger. On a darker note, the image of a bonfire can also suggest a ritual burning of objects deemed immoral, a "bonfire of the vanities" such as book burning or burning of art as conducted by iconoclastic religionists or authoritarians. Bonfires can also be included as part of a protest or riot.