The drawing of Pedro A.H. Paixão is from the outset a reaction to this oblivion. Fire not only exists, it is real, but it is also that which must be seen, the sole and true object of attention, study and love. Everything else is just an excuse, a veil, an alibi. Window-dressing. To make fire the focus and privileged object of drawing implies more than reformulating and revolutionising the graphic and aesthetic tradition this art form has carried into the present day. It means, first and foremost, to transform and break with the epistemology that has separated art from science, drawing from the visual arts and, most importantly, knowledge from making.
Text by Emanuele Coccia