This installation is reminiscent of an ancient Pompeii villa with
red tinted walls and a checkerboard floor of 3" squares of
white stained plywood and crushed charcoal. In the center of the
room stands a concrete statue pumping black motor oil. The statue
stands in a reflecting pool of oil surrounded by a shallow trough
of water. The far wall as you enter is taken up by an eight-foot
square rear-projected video of volcanic eruptions, fires, earthquakes
and nuclear explosions. In addition to these appropriated images,
there are video clips documenting fire performances and site-specific
installations in the landscape. Infrared timed switches control
four channels of volcanic sounds. In front of the entrance to the
right, stands a lead table holding two plaster tablets of information.
One is a glossary of geologic terms, "The Language of Volcanoes"
taken from an earthscience textbook. Interspersed with the volcanic
terminology, we have definitions of environmental words such as
"ozone layer", "heat"'"suffocation"'