Janine Bailey Artist

Underfire I & Underfire II (2016)

Janine Bailey, Underfire I (2016) Wax and charcoal on Lana Aquarelle 640gsm paper 105 x 152 cm

Janine Bailey, Underfire I (2016)
Wax and charcoal on Lana Aquarelle 640gsm paper 105 x 152 cm

Janine Bailey, Underfire II (2016) Wax and charcoal on Lana Aquarelle 640gsm paper 105 x 152 cm

Janine Bailey, Underfire II (2016)
Wax and charcoal on Lana Aquarelle 640gsm paper 105 x 152 cm

Underfire I and Underfire II (2016) are wax and charcoal drawings that visually represents the physical and psychological struggle of a firefighter battling a bush fire and large factory fire. A GPS tracker recorded the location, time and speed of the firefighter. The resulting GPS trace and the memory of the event were later reinterpreted by the artist into the landscape drawings. These works are part of a series that investigates how architecture and technology reshapes our movement through material and digital spaces.

The drawn charcoal line hooks the eye, commanding the viewer to follow the trace through the labyrinth of lines and patterns. The viewer repeats the struggle experienced by the fire fighter, as the eye and line become entangled in an exhausting battle. The process of reclaiming and reinterpreting information creates friction between the past and present. This tension can be seen in the visual rhythms and randomness of the background.