'Liar Liar (Pants On Fire)' is a series that can resonate differently with every viewer. The fire can symbolize rebirth and regeneration, or perhaps a darkness and absence of control.
For the artist, this series focuses on the movement of fire to both play with time and to express the ephemeral nature of all things. However, as video is a time-based medium, these singular moments are able to exist forever in the present. Through the use of video, the fire moves both forward and back, allowing the smoke to billow inwards at times. As so poignantly put with her description of 'Made In Yugoslavia' - "everything repeats - reverts - nothing truly changes."
"I worked with a fire spinner to achieve control over the fire for this installation. This is yet another aspect of time and control."
Though the videos available online are only several minutes in length, the original pieces loop in a gallery setting, fully allowing the piece to exist forever in the present. Even the non-moving images, such as the curtains on fire, exist at present; the work is a documentation of time re-imagined to display time in reverse, playing both at present and in the future - for all-time.
"I initially created this project for gallery show 'TransFIREmation,' which I produced and curated at Massachusetts College of Art & Design in April, 2013. The gallery show turned into a group show with selected artists. See documentation of the gallery show and reception."
Creative Director & Cinematographer: Geena Matuson
Fire Spinner & Production Assistance: Jeremy Day
Post-Production: Geena Matuson
2013 | TransFIREmation Gallery Show & Installation, MassArt Student Life Gallery, Boston MA
This series of six, 24x36" panels display the progressive transformation of curtains ravaged - or rebuilt - by fire. Displayed in a gallery setting, this allows the viewer to choose in which way the curtains burn - forwards, or in reverse?
Originally created for self-produced and curated gallery show 'TransFIREmation Gallery Show & Installation' held at Massachusetts College of Art & Design in April, 2013.
This piece shows the progressive burning - and reformation - of a pair of red jeans. The transformation of the pants due to fire, and the transformation of fire as it ravages the pants, shows the ephemeral nature of all things; no pair of pants will ever burn the exact same way. However, as video is a time-based medium, this single moment is able to exist forever in the present.
Explosions In The Sky song 'Yasmin The Light' was remixed and timed to the visuals for this non-looping version.
This piece involves a pair of jeans burning on a clothesline. The transformation of pants due to the fire, and transformation of fire as it destroys the pants, shows the ephemeral nature of things; no pair of pants will ever burn the same way.
Múm song 'Scratched Bicycle/Smell Memory' from album 'The Peel Session' was reversed to accompany this non-looping version.
This short shows plastic flowers burning, the plastic melting off the wax stems - all atop a broken chair made in Yugoslavia. The fire appears to burn in reverse, expressing the idea that everything repeats, reverts - nothing truly changes.
The music for this non-looping version of 'Made In Yugoslavia' is a remix of Bach's Air on G-String, a violin solo.