Why Should Fear Seize the Limbs When the Warning Sounds?
Why Should Fear Seize the Limbs Before the Warning Sounds? commemorates figurative fires, appropriating symbols from the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and both Gulf Wars. Three wood sculptures recall the rigidity of statuary, systematized by ancient and recent imperial regimes. While the sources from which they borrow are associated with monumentality, the three forms—representing a torch, a concrete barricade, and a trapdoor podium—are figureless and small in scale. Occupying separate plinths, they trace the theft of flames from the Greek mountains of Olympia to their release onto the oil fields of Iraq.