D E V I N  ~  R U T Z


World on Fire


A house is fully engulfed by flames at the Dixie Fire, a wildfire near the town of Greenville, California. Photo by Fred Greaves/Reuters

LOS ANGELES - JUNE 16: The movie "Grease", directed by Randal Kleiser. Seen here, a hot rod drag race at Thunder Road. Filming location at Los Angeles River. Initial theatrical release of the film, June 16, 1978. Screen capture. Paramount Pictures. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

A fire is the end of one thing and the begining of something new. 

This work comes from a  place of horror. The feelings and emotions I tap into with this work are a way of coping with personal traumas and anxietys that continue to plague me.

Where I grew up in Northern California car culture was a big thing. Friday nights were for cruising and showing off the results of a lot of hard work and elbow grease. Glistening, sex on wheeles with painted flames and slick whitewall tires. The cars painted in a way to have their inner power reflected on the outside. The hot rod flames would end up meaning something different to me over time. 

This collection of work is my effort to relate new wounds to the trauma of my past in an effort to push through the darkness of the present in the hopes of growth on the other side.