FIRE SERIES

Fire Paintings utilize Braille Poetry and Ash, Braille is sculpted onto canvas and wood frames are burned until charcoal. The paintings are executed with the participation of people who are blind, leaving fingerprints as documentation of human contact. Nachum employs the system of raised Braille cells sculpting them into rectangular columns across the canvas. As collaborators run their fingers from the frame to Braille, evidence of human interaction remains on the canvas. Nachum encourages people to continue to touch and interact with the work, breaking the barrier between viewer and “sacred object”. After repeated contact the work evolves and remains always alive. The interaction adds an element of performance; the artist starts a painting and leaves the viewer to complete it.

Using himself as a conduit Nachum blindfolded himself for 196 hours, a period of seven consecutive days. During this period he focused on painting and poetry. He experienced vivid and intense visual hallucinations and periods of complete and total darkness where he felt detached from the physical world. After the first day the hallucinations then became a constant presence. They began with flashes of light and color, and progressed into vivid landscapes, human forms and childhood memories. He describes the experience as spiritual and transformative. It provided him with a deeper understanding of his non-visual senses, and challenged him to offer a way into his work for people who otherwise may never “experience” a painting.



R
FIRE


2015
Oil and Ash on Canvas
76 x 54 Inches / 193 x 137 cm

CLOUD
FIRE


2015
Oil and Ash on Canvas
76 x 54 Inches / 193 x 137 cm

HAZE
FIRE


2015
Oil and Ash on Canvas
76 x 54 Inches / 193 x 137 cm

SAFETY YELLOW 
FIRE


2015
Oil and Ash on Canvas
76 x 54 Inches / 193 x 137 cm

BLACK SMOKE
FIRE


2015
Oil and Ash on Canvas
76 x 54 Inches / 193 x 137 cm

TRUE RED 
FIRE

2015
Oil and Ash on Canvas
76 x 54 Inches / 193 x 137 cm

SMOKE PINK
FIRE


2017
Oil and Ash on Canvas
76 x 54 Inches / 193 x 137 cm

SEA GREEN
FIRE


2015
Oil and Ash on Canvas
90 x 90 Inches / 229 x 229 cm

POWDER BLUE
FIRE


2015
Oil and Ash on Canvas
76 x 54 Inches / 193 x 137 cm