What's happening

September 2017

Firelines by Jill Metcoff

  • Monroe Arts Center - 1315 11th Street
  • Monroe
  • 9/8/2017 - 9/30/2017
  • Gallery open Tuesday thru Saturday 10 am - 5 pm.
  • 608.325.5700

Exhbit continues through October 27, 2017.

Photographer Jill Metcoff has been captivated by fire--in the form of controlled burning--since 1998. She is passionate about our environment, a concern which led her to this photographic project. Firelines has as its theme the transformation of the American landscape by fire. "Controlled burns" of forest, savanna, wetland, and prairie lead to regeneration, a practice going back millennia. Her photographs freeze-frame this process, catching in a split second the moment when fire is actor and conductor of change.

The ephemeral forms that fire takes as it sweeps through the landscape of southwest Wisconsin, renewing patchworks of prairie, forest, and savanna, are the subject of her book, Firelines. She pairs her photographs from controlled burns with historical commentary, poetic reflections, and her own observations to construct a vibrant narrative of prose and imagery. Firelines brings us intimately close to the power, swiftness, and mystery of the purposeful use of fire as practiced over millennia.