Karen Cusolito Lights Her Artwork on Fire
Meet the artist who burns her creations to amazing effect
- By Leah Binkovitz
- Smithsonian magazine, December 2012
Cusolito has become adept at experimenting with fuel mixtures to convey different moods. While propane yields an aggressive orange flame, methanol burns with serene blue-green flames that can be made even greener by adding copper shavings. "The work kind of started scaling up dramatically after I attended Burning Man," says Cusolito, "because the venue is a massive, nearly entirely flat desert, so, it's this brilliant white canvas." At 22 feet, Epiphany was first shown at the festival in 2007.