Without gravity a fire rapidly surrounds itself with its own combustion
Gravity on Fire Mixed media on canvas 48" X 72", 2002
Gravity on Fire is an abstract landscape mixed media painting that was painted as a creative response to or therapeutic process during the era of 911. Although the picture deals with a very heavy subject of human disaster its subtle abstract visual effect is intended to counter tragedy and inspire hope that many strong souls exemplified during this adversity in human history.
The picture is intended to create a sort of metaphoric paradox. The gravity and weight of the act of the few and the magnitude of the consequences of this devastating event on the many both literally and physically creates a mass psychological sense of a weightless loss of control. The moment of impact when flight turned to frenzy, when many felt frozen in time and time felt frozen as people stood at their televisions stunned and suspended in a zero gravity atmosphere attempting to overcome a feeling of hopelessness, grasping to ground themselves and solidify some semblance of understanding how and why this could happen.
Red, white and blue is the palette representative of the United States with the left side of the composition representing the fluttering flag floating in an atmosphere of zero gravity, while the central and right side of the canvas serves as a metaphor for the twin towers. Inlaid glitter serves to represent the fallen spirits whose light will shine on in the zero gravity of the next dimension.