Excerpt from a poem about this performance that I wrote for ARTCRIB 18:
My pain has always been physical
It is like a firebird who burns my body
She ignites balls of flame in the depths of my legs
I combat her daily blazes with ice—
My ice, her fire, fire and ice, fire, ice, ice and fire.
For you, and just you, I light my legs on fire.
Ice and Fire was a performance done on a street in Los Angeles with the assistance of Mari Walker and Doraelia Ruiz. Without fire-resistant equipment, I use brake cleaning fluid to have Mari repeatedly ignite my pants. After the largest blaze, I extinguish myself in a bathtub of turquoise water. This piece is my 'going-away performance' before I left Los Angeles for eight months. Photos by Julius Tanag.