Julie Gautier-Downes was born in San Diego and relocated to New York City in 2001, prompting her bi-coastal identity and interest in perceptions of home. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2011 and her Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014.
In 2015, Gautier-Downes was an Artist in Residence at the Vermont Studio Center. She has exhibited across the United States and in the United Kingdom. Gautier-Downes currently resides in Spokane, Washington.
Gautier-Downes’ current studio practice is the investigation of somatic traces left in barren landscapes that become artifacts of the past. The domestic vestiges that now haunt these spaces are transformed into a narrative waiting to be deciphered. Her process involves documenting deserted houses and abandoned items that allude to the home and family. The spaces she records seem to be in a perpetual state of disarray, imbuing the notion that a single event stimulated the need for the inhabitants to leave hastily. Gautier-Downes re-frames each scene into her rendition of the stories each space unveils. The accounts she relays reveal the trauma each housing structure suffers as it slowly decomposes into the environment as well as the physicality of displacement.
At A Loss: Solo Show
Brick Wall Gallery
October 2 - October 31
Opening Reception on October 2 from 5:00 PM to 8PM.
2015 Art at the Center: the Photography, Wood, and Ceramics Exhibition
Tomahawk Ridge Community Center
Overland Park, KS
September 11-November 14
September 22-October 16
Left Coast Show
Frances Young Gallery
September 17-October 24
Opening Reception on September 20 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
New Directions 2015
Barrett Art Center
September 26-October 31
Opening Reception on September 26th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
Union Street Gallery
Chicago Heights, IL
September 23-October 24
Opening Reception on September 25th.