Burned Bridge, 2019
“Performance-driven 'Burned Bridge' sculpture turns a dead metaphor and a pile of lumber into a commanding specter. Burning a bridge is an act of eliminating all possibility of retreat and in this case, sacrifices the sculpture that once was. Politically, it’s self-cancelling — both a brazen assertion of the will and self-sufficiency, yet in its isolationism dooms all (personal and moral) progress. Or, such a surrender can be a celebration.
Fire allows for rapid transformation. It disintegrates the old narrative and rebuilds subjectivity unbound to prior truths. Creation, obliteration, purification. The upward motion of fire. The ceremony. The worship of this powerful purifying element. The barbarous adoration of the flame which one watches writhing, devouring, roaring like a wild animal. Paradoxical evocation of a culture in disarray and regression yet desperate for renewal.” Marianne Vitale.