Playing With Fire is an ongoing series of box-framed cut and burned paper wall panels. They are quite popular with designers for hospitality and high end residential projects. To date, the work has been commissioned as multiples for large wall installations in settings such as Ritz-Carlton, Hilton Hotels, Marriott Conference Centers, Emaar Hospitality Group, and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Sizes are custom for the project.
The series explores the parallels between the creative process and what happens when fire meets paper. I'm interested in the tension between control vs. letting go, and where true creativity happens. Fire is destructive, yet what rises from ash is new growth. Some of the most interesting and unexpected effects happen in this work when I allow the paper to burn as it will. That's when the heat is most destructive and potentially dangerous, yet the results are usually worth it.
Each piece is completely unique, since the primary technique involves burning fine art paper with a blowtorch and branding iron. It's amazing the range of effects you can achieve by burning paper, ranging from lightly toasted to completely scorched, from delicate thin lines to dramatic dark filigree edges.