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Fighting Fire with Fire

Assemblage of Post-Consumer Materials

12” x 24”

Created for the show Art from the Ashes, which commemorated the anniversary of the burning of Columbia, I chose to create a portrait of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman. He was determined to end the Civil War and employed harsh measures meant to devastate, demoralize, and defeat the Southerners. I created his portrait out of everyday household items to represent property destroyed by fire, which was his signature. On the night of February 17, 1865, over 400 buildings burned, thousands were left homeless, and the very difficult task of rebuilding lay ahead. Sherman may not be solely responsible for the amount of destruction that Columbia suffered but he had no regrets about what happened here.