Chimera (2015)
Chimera, 2015, Mixed media with video: video monitor, video and salvaged power cables, 0.5m x 1.6m x 0.3m.

The fire is digital. Binary and pixels. It has a hypnotic effect that speaks to our deepest ancestral memories. But it’s just a simulation of a fire. It won’t provide warmth or safety. It won’t harm you if you get too close. Will it burn itself out soon? Maybe it will carry on even when unplugged because it has become self-sufficient.

A chimera is a mythical or fictional animal with parts taken from various animals, or to describe anything composed of very disparate parts, or perceived as wildly imaginative, implausible, or dazzling. The real-world chimera manifests itself as a perpetual flame that bursts from the ground with no apparent source.

This piece was was shown in STRUCTURE TEXTURE FUTURE – Bow Open Show 2015 at the Nunnery Gallery. View the catalogue.