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Fires at Green March Ruin, Sheik Canyon, San Juan County, Utah (from the series Marks in Place)

Fires at Green March Ruin, Sheik Canyon, San Juan County, Utah (from the series Marks in Place)

Alternative:Fires beneath a possible breech birth depiction at Sheik Canyon, Utah, October 11, 1982.
Artist: Steve Fitch (American, born 1949)
Date: 1982
Medium: Chromogenic print
Dimensions:
Image: 13 3/4 x 17 1/2 in. (34.9 x 44.5 cm)
Support: 15 7/8 x 19 7/8 in. (40.3 x 50.5 cm)
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Southwest '85 Purchase Prize, 1986
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2012.12
Description
Rather than giving a close-up view of the rock-art figures on this canyon wall, the artist offers a broader context to convey the experience of coming to them from within the landscape. Emphasizing that these works are ancient but also of the present, he includes the small fires from his own visit to the site, situating the picture in a specific moment. For him, the fires also represent “the act of placing my hand, as in sympathetic magic, onto sacred places, not to hold or possess but to connect.”
Not on view
Publication and Exhibition History: 3/1/1985–5/12/1985: Southwest ’85: A Fine Arts Competition at the Museum of Fine Arts (now New Mexico Museum of Art).