Collaboration with Kristen Gautier-Downes
In 2009, my twin sister and I lost our childhood home in a sudden, early-season brushfire in Santa Barbara, California. Though Kristen works in painting, and I work in both installation and photography, our creative interests center around making sense of this intense and emotional event that took away everything we owned.
Separately, we have each grappled with topics of impermanence, destruction, fire, home, and the lasting marks humans have made on the landscape in our respective artistic practices. These digital composites bring together our shared history of environmental disaster by combining our different approaches to processing a major loss.