Production Method:I lay a screen door on two sawhorses and spread raw (unprimed), unpainted canvas across it. Then I put several live coals on it. I decide where to lay the coals in a somewhat random, but informed arrangement across it. Depending on the desired size of the canvas fragments, I let the fire slowly creep out into the canvas. Once the canvas has burned into shapes that I want, I put the flames out with a spray bottle. This part of the process requires finesse because I have to find a balance between burning enough canvas to get an organic and interesting shape, but not burning so much that I'm left without enough material to work with. Once the fires are all extinguished, using the holes left behind from the burning I cut the canvas into the desired size for that burn session. I then lay the damp pieces out in the sun to dry. Once dry, I use a crème brûlée torch to finish the edges of each piece. The torch gives me more control over the burning process. Once again I put them out in the sun to dry. Then I use a can of compressed air to clean off the ash. Once I have enough variety of sizes and shapes of burned canvas, I start on the painting. First I move and pin different pieces around on top of a stretched canvas to explore different compositions. After finding a satisfying arrangement, I draw around the pinned/burned shapes and begin painting. Eventually I affix the burned pieces with Elmer's wood glue and paint some more.
Acrylic paints on 48” x 36” unprimed canvas with burned canvas collage. The composition is inspired by the forms brought about by the controlled burning of canvas fragments, which are incorporated as collage elements in the finished work. The muted colors are juxtaposed with the playful iridescent paint, which interacts playfully with the light. The canvas is stapled to a wooden stretcher with a wire on the back, ready to be displayed. This is an original painting, not a print or reproduction.
“Prinivil Dreamscape” – 48” x 36” Mixed Media on Canvas – Painting by Stephanie Freeman- B07BZ67BDK