A prominent French sculptor, Alain Kirili has lived and worked in New York City since 1980. Examples of his public sculptures can be found in Dijon, Grenoble, and the Tuileries Garden in Paris. Like his sculptural work, his drawings are abstract, gestural, and highly sensual. Kirili created Terre et Feu by rubbing and wiping wet charcoal across the vellum surface with his bare hands. The title of the series evokes the elements central to his sculptures, which are typically in molded clay and forged metal.