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Artist and author Jill Metcoff pairs her photographs from controlled burns with historical commentary, poetic reflections, and her own observations to construct a vibrant narrative of prose and imagery in her new book Firelines. Hear her discuss how the camera freeze-frames split seconds of change in the landscape evoking the mysterious and ephemeral and asking us to re-examine our own narratives with the land. Books are for purchase on-site in the gift shop, and Jill will be available for signing.
Metcoff’s book Firelines features 89 exquisite duotones of the ephemeral forms that fire takes as it sweeps through the landscape of southwest Wisconsin, renewing patchworks of prairie, forest, and savanna. Firelines brings us intimately close to the power, swiftness, and mystery of the purposeful use of fire as practiced over millennia. Throughout her career, she has focused her large format cameras on rural Wisconsin landscapes and has used controlled prairie and woodland burns as a springboard to create art from fire and smoke. Metcoff comes by this passion naturally: she is the steward of a six area prairie restoration and a smaller prairie remnant. She sees picture-taking as a kind of stewardship and herself as a partner and spokesperson for the landscape where humanity intersects (and sometimes collides) with the natural.