There are few things in nature as powerful and beautiful as an intense forest fire. Occurring naturally as part of the western ecosystem, wildfires maybe destructive forces, but they also serve as a critical purpose in what is seemingly an act of tragedy. By resetting the conditions so new life can form, forest fires clear out the old and make way for the new with natural regeneration everywhere. They are a vital aspect of nature’s evolution.
I am intrigued by the delicate balance between the wild and the intentional. We live in a consumer- and technology-based society that desires immediate gratification and enjoys the ability in the intentional world to undo our last 100 wrong moves with the press of two buttons: CTRL and Z. But we can’t immediately undo the adverse effects of the misplaced encroachment on nature. It takes one moment, one mistake, to destroy hundred’s of years of nature’s beauty within the wilderness forests. And the balance is broken. My CRTL Z artist book suggests a match box cover design that connects front and back panels to form a circle. The outside panels comprise triptychs that represent windows into the wilderness beauty. The inside panels display an out-of-control wildfire that is destroying all life and beauty in it’s path. The pinnacle is the proverbial ring of fire.