Citadels burning

I’m embarking on a new body of work that reflects the growing interest I have in wood-burning without sinking into kitsch.  Most of the pieces I have planned out will be figurative, although I’d like to try experimenting with what wood-burning can do in a more expressive, abstract form.  While the appearance of the medium lends itself to a meticulously realistic approach, the very nature of working with heat and wood allows for accidents that have the potential to be aesthetic works in their own right.  But abstract isn’t generally my thing, so for now I’ll stick with the figurative, such as the recently finished piece I’ve called “Citadels.”

This was done with a combination of pyrography, ink, and guache.

 

All images © Eric Battaglia 2010

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