I've been entertaining the idea of drawing pillars of smoke ever since the forest fires raging in the south of Europe, a few years back. The similarity to the tree patterns is obvious, but I forgot about it. Until the war in Ukraine, when footage from right after bombings and missile hits came through. I was kind of scared and certainly angry, since before our eyes a very old pattern of aggression and aggrevation started unfolding again – the images don't differ from earlier wars. And it's not at all limited to Ukraine. It will never stop, it's a booming business.