I am one of 11 artists working towards a curated exhibition entitled “Fires of Change,”
scheduled for September 2015 at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, Arizona,
and traveling to The University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona
until April 3rd, 2016.
Progress made by volunteers crocheting and knitting a single line of black yarn to replicate the perimeter of the Gladiator Fire, Crown King, Arizona.
My piece, 100% Contained, is a poetic gesture – an organic line made by many hands – that intends to bring forth the beauty of a community effort linked by a common goal: raising awareness about the impact of fire on the land we inhabit.
Using 200,059 feet (37.89 miles) of black yarn, and techniques such as crochet and knitting, 100% Contained symbolically delineates the perimeter of the Gladiator fire that affected the Prescott National Forest and the town of Crown King, AZ in 2012. I witnessed first-hand the magnitude of the destruction of this fire and the slow regrowth of the land in the years since.
The work involves a community of people willing to crochet any length to contribute material for the project. I will collect and connect all the pieces gathered into the final length. It is important to me that the line is hand-formed as I see a connection between the slow and time-consuming process of the hand-made and the slow growth of a forest in the Southwest region. Through social practice and connecting communities, the piece also reflects on the many hands involved in fighting a fire of large magnitude, and in healing the land affected.
The Fires of Change Exhibition is a collaboration between scientists and artists designed to create a deeper understanding of the science that drives the decisions that land managers make and to provide an aesthetic interpretation of the fire ecology and climate science in the Southwest. The project is a collaboration between the Southwest Fire Science Consortium, Landscape Conservation Initiative, and Flagstaff Arts Council, with a supporting grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
View Fires of Change Video by Mari Cleven.
Thank You for Participating!