Fire paintings > Impugn

Impugn #1
fire on board
24" x 24"
2010
Impugn #2
fire on board
24" x 24"
2010
Impugn #3
fire on board
24" x 24"
2010
Impugn #4
fire on board
24" x 24"
2010
Impugn #5
fire on board
24" x 24"
2010
Impugn #6
fire on board
24" x 24"
2010
Impugn #7
fire on board
24" x 24"
2010
Impugn #8
fire on board
24" x 24"
2010
Impugn #9
fire on board
24" x 24"
2010
Impugn #10
fire on board
24" x 24"
2011

The Impugn series is about the unseen emotions that come from moments, from memories. I needed to make it clear that the fire is a true medium and not just a contrived devise that I stumbled upon. I pushed the idea of the fire by appropriating it with images from history. How could I transform these powerful images into something further than what they already represented? Appropriation allowed me to bring the ideas of emotion into context by using images and photographs that already exist in our world; some being very lucid while others almost unrecognizable. Borrowing ideas from artists like Kara Walker, I decided to recreate these images as silhouettes. The fire, then, permitted a definition to the images I chose. The first image was Eddie Adams’ “General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong prisoner in Saigon,” which is a photograph that fascinates me for its shockingly uncomfortable representation of the war. I wanted to open up this photograph and remove the actuality of it. Recreating it while allowing the viewer, subtly, to recognize what it once was. I hope to bring out a rawness that gives new life to the very moment the photograph was shot, or the image made; a moment of fear, anger, sadness, or confusion. A moment of pure sensation.