from: Wildfires in My Landscape, 2021
I superimposed a found image documenting a recent wildfire in Montana onto a recent photograph I took in rural Ontario, CAN. The animation unfolds over an extended period of time to convey as a premonition, situating the fire as though it is in Ontario’s landscape.
I often think, as I read the news about wildfires elsewhere – that similarly destructive and devastating fires could easily happen in areas where I or my loved ones reside, areas which so far, have not been directly impacted by the increase in wildfires resulting from climate change.
Created for an exhibition at Ryniker-Morrison Gallery at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT.
- Name: Birdseye Fire
- Date Fire Started: Sept 2, 2020
- Location: West Helena Valley, MT
- Details: Burned approx. 800 acres of grasslands in an hour and a half, triggering evacuations
Source of Photograph Documenting MT Fire: Thom Bridge, photojournalist with the Independent Record; used with permission; https://helenair.com/news/local/helena-area-property-owners-recount-birdseye-fire-chaos/article_926ee454-2c83-5fd8-b73c-78c14a0a0a41.html
Location of Ontario Photograph: East of Palmerston, ON off Wellington Road 123