No Flame Fire Blanket, 2001
Mixed media installation
A memorial to the 9/11 tragedy, this installation was guided by a "Fire Blanket" scavenged from a demolition site. (The blanket is treated to resist burning.) Thinking of a blanket, a symbol of domestic comfort, as capable of offering protection from fire triggers an emotional dissonance. The installation is assembled from blankets of various materials gathered from thrift stores, folded into identical squares and exposed to an accelerating fuel and flame. The fire blanket indeed only smolders a little, while some of the synthetic blankets are melted into plastic. The burnt blankets are arranged in a long grid on the floor of the space, defining the ghost of a building through its windows.