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Tiffany Bozic - Fire


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24” x 24”, acrylic on maple panel // **SOLD**​

FIRE - Renewal
‘Fire’ celebrates the transformative nature of fire as a powerful means of renewal and opportunity. The idea for this painting was the result of participating in an annual bird survey after wildfire burns in the sierras with a team of biologists in the summer of 2017. Researchers have learned that many species prefer these charred forests above any other habitat. Ancient philosophers traditionally attributed the element of fire as a tetrahedron, points of three, which in the painting I repeated in the the number if insects, burnt sticks and points of the trillium flower. The female Black-backed woodpecker (Picoides arcticus), is one of the rarest birds in California, and lately it has become a symbol of a huge scientific and political debate over the future of controlling fire in American forests. This woodpecker specializes in foraging for insects after a fire, such as the larvae of the Banded Alder Borer (Rosalia funebris) and the Sculpted Pine Borer (Chalcophora angulicollis) featured in my painting. Some beetles like the Melanophila, even have heat-sensing ifrared receptors in their antennae that they use to detect forest fires from miles away, rushing toward them to lay their eggs in the recently burned areas.
The moss growing under the trillium is a type of water moss called Bonfire Moss which grows on moist, shady areas where recent fires have taken place. The Pacific Trillium (Trillium ovatum) is a native wildflower common to the redwood forest by my home in Marin, CA. Trillium is a close member of the Lilly family and has all of its parts in sets of three, including six yellow stamens. Interestingly, Trillium seeds are spread by ants, also featured on the leaves and stem of the flower. So this dispersal by ants, called Myrmecochory, effectively plants the seeds. Each year a fresh stalk sprouts from an underground rhizome, marking the first sign of renewal. I suspended the tetrahedron against the dark gradient background so the glowing flame and trillium appear luminescent and hopeful.