Karen Cusolito Lights Her Artwork on Fire
Meet the artist who burns her creations to amazing effect
- By Leah Binkovitz
- Smithsonian magazine, December 2012
With its head bowed to the ground, the 6-ton sculpture Achmed is meant to signify a humble relationship with the Earth. Cusolito assembles the sculptures from found metal objects, saying, "There were occasions where I've actually taken part of the building down and built it into a sculpture because it had just the right texture or just the right angle. Of course, then when it started raining inside, I'd think, I gotta replace that rain gutter."