Artist Prune Nourry’s Incense + Blowtorch-Driven Catharsis

For the unveiling of “The Amazon,” artist Prune Nourry’s new sculpture outside The Standard High Line hotel, Nourry took a blowtorch to a portion of the work—igniting hundreds of sticks of red incense. The French multimedia artist’s piece represents healing and catharsis, and draws inspiration from a First Century Roman marble wounded Amazon warrior statue at the Met she crossed while battling breast cancer. The incense calls to mind acupuncture, which the artist employed during cancer treatment. Nourry and jazz artist Jon Batiste will conduct an intimate performance at the sculpture in September, an extension of the healing process she foresees. Read more at Surface.