Incendiary Traces is a conceptually driven, collectively generated art and research project that explores the political facets of representing landscape. Incendiary Traces hosts a series of outdoor drawing events in different locations starting in Southern California, from the border between the U.S. and Mexico to San Clemente Island and beyond. The project is developing an archive of related of images currently published on Los Angeles’ KCET TV program Artbound.
Landscapes - the spaces we live in - are framed pictorially. These images produce compelling narratives and wield political power. Artists, explorers, speculators, even military strategists have used landscape imagery to voice and define our relationship to national identity, security and war. Incendiary Traces aims to demonstrate -- counter to the mediated experience of war -- that battlespace is both dispersed and local, immaterial and physical, and that the public inhabits and witnesses international conflict in our own backyards.
Through a blend of experimental art, research and media, Incendiary Traces provides a fresh view of national security, identity, and territorial delineation as physical, grounded American public experience. The project uses our real and symbolic affiliations with landscape to help the public to connect first-hand to foreign conflict.
The project was conceived by Hillary Mushkin in 2011. For more information or to get involved, email us at incendiarytraces at gmail.com.