“Burning House” is an intriguing photo series by artist Carrie Schneider of a house that appears to be perpetually on fire, from day to night, through all four seasons. As amazing as the photos in this series are, perhaps even more so is that Schneider built a small 8×6-foot house for each of the images. She then hitched the home to her car, drove it to the lake in Wisconsin, floated it over to the tiny island by canoe, and set it on fire. Over the course of 2 years, the dedicated artist from Chicago built 15 such houses.
Last month, “Burning House” was on exhibit at the Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago. From the gallery press release: “The aggressive destruction of a symbol of domestic life resonates across cultures, touching on a universal fear of personal loss and helplessness. Yet, the house that stands unrelenting to the fire’s constant attack can be read as an allegory for strength and stamina against a constant destructive energy.”