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Karen Cusolito Lights Her Artwork on Fire

Meet the artist who burns her creations to amazing effect

Epiphany

Sculpture by Karen Cusolito
(Allison Parmelee)

Epiphany
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.

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