Carbon Series: Camp Fire

Carbon Series: Camp Fire

Negative space, made by human impacts on the natural world, informs my current work.

Last November, a wildfire destroyed the town of Paradise, California.  This human-caused fire killed 86 people and untold pets and wildlife, burned over a million trees, and destroyed almost 14,000 houses, including my childhood home.

Using materials collected from within the burn area and graphite on fragile supports, I create installations that chronicle the vacancies that were created and question permanence in a world where climate is changing.

 

Inscription 1

12′ x 8′ x 8′ Graphite, charcoal, ash, and mud on trace paper suspended with electrical clips, filament, aluminum wire, and galvanized steel pipes.

 

Inscription 2

12′ x 10′ Graphite, charcoal, ash, and mud on trace paper suspended with electrical clips, filament, aluminum wire, and galvanized steel pipes.

 

Mineral Artifact 1

Boulder fragments, mud, ash

 

Mineral Artifact 2

Boulder fragments, mud, ash

 

Phase 2 Cleanup Complete

Mud and ash

 

Works on Paper

Charcoal, ash, graphite, mud on gridded vellum or trace paper