The Book of Fire

The Book of Fire is a pyrographic drawing by Suze Woolf

Painting Details

Pyrography on rice paper, mounted on BFK Rives printmaking paper, burned sticks
13.5 x 50, exclusive of sticks
During my Banff Centre residency, I departed from my usual medium to experiment with using fire to draw burned forests (or at least a soldering iron). To paraphrase another Canadian, the process is the message.  One of the more delicate and abstract pieces of artwork I've done in years. It was a great reminder of how little information - line length, placement, occlusion -- it takes for your brain to construct a topography.