Scorched Earth

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Scorched Earth
36 in
40 in
(91 cm x 102 cm)
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From January 1 to October 12, 2018, there were 49,658 wildfires in the U.S., burning 8.1 million acres of land. Inspired by the impact on people's lives, I depicted the layers of a wildfire - the people and animals forced to flee for survival, and the souls of those who lost their lives.

Trying to scorch some cheesecloth for this piece, I immediately had an out-of-control fire in my sink and needed help to extinguish it. How quickly these fires can start and spread became evident. As the world continues to warm, we can expect more fires. My piece attempts to address this global challenge.