ominous beauty

Three Jackson area artists’ rendering of western fires:


Jennifer Hoffman, “Controlled Burn,” pastel on mounted paper:

Tristan Greszko, photo of the current Fontenelle fire:

Pamela Gibson, “Gateway,” encaustic on board, from the series Bearing Witness:


“For two thousand miles, it appears, wind bore to the eye
smoke from unseen deaths and wounds to remind us
how beautiful, at the end, is the earth, the sky.”

     – from “The Burning of Yellowstone” by Mona Van Duyn

Fire is mythic, compelling, frightening, gorgeous and terrible. We can’t stop looking at it. How do we make sense of something both beautiful and devastating?

If you are an artist and have a fire image to share, please do in the “comments” field.

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