Ring of Fire
32" x 46" (size of hooked piece)
Hand dyed wool on linen. Hand hooked.
Cut wool strips removed from center of hooked piece lay beneath on floor.
This piece was inspired by a photograph that I took of a weathered fence post on the beach in Michigan. I loved that the growth of the tree was still visible, and even enhanced by both time and the elements. While the work was still in the designing stages, forest fires were spreading rampantly in California. I happened to see a television news program where the commentator described how burning a ring of fire around an undisturbed area of vegetation, is a system used to bring raging fires under control.
Symbolically this piece is about hope. It shows that even in the midst of massive destruction there is beauty to be found, and incentive to rebuild.