Full Burn (20min, 2014), features U.S. war veterans who have all continued to test the limits of their physical abilities as civilians. Theses veterans, working as Hollywood stunt men, and one as massage therapist, describe relationships to the body, and how their experiences as soldiers have been carried back into their lives now. Named for the stunt restaged in the opening scene of this film, Full Burn pictures an ex-special ops marine set on fire in extreme slow motion, transforming the stunt into a ritualized reenactment of trauma. Full burn serves as a meditation on masculine duty and the emotional stakes of transcending fear. It is dedicated to the artist's grandmother, Lila Deyo Garnett.
In 2014 it was exhibited as part of the Hammer Muesum's Los Angeles Biennial, Made in LA, curated by Connie Butler and Michael Ned Holte. It was funded in part by The Hammer Museum and an FCA Emergency Grant.
***Installation shots: Made in L.A. 2014. Installation view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. June 15-September 7, 2014. Photography by Brian Forrest.