Peggy Taylor Reid  

Scorched

Scorched is a series of twenty-one colour photographs of burning nests taken moments after igniting them on my studio table, each resting on a bed of ashes from previous burnings. Scorched is a poetic reverie on the destruction of socialized ideals and norms of women and a contemplation on the notion of fire as a cleansing act. I am generally drawn to objects for their symbolic qualities, and in this body of work I am also drawn to the literal and conceptual pairing of the nest with fire. It is the consumptive nature of fire and it’s ability to purify that captured my attention. The performative act of burning one nest after another and leaving traces of perished remains is, for me, a powerful narrative for cleansing, re-building and re-negotiating my role over time. Through loss comes rebirth and hope.