Artist Norma I. Quintana’s solo photography exhibition Forage from Fire documents the remains of her home and studio destroyed by the Atlas Fire in Napa, California in October 2017. Curated by Ann Trinca. Opening Reception, Thursday Oct 4, 6-8pm.
On October 8, 2017, the Atlas Peak wildfire descended upon Quintana’s neighborhood. First responders arrived at her door, and she and her family had only minutes to gather important documents and quickly evacuate. Within a few hours, the home where she raised her children and its treasured, numerous collections of books, artifacts, and art were destroyed—consumed in minutes by the fire’s intense heat.
Days after the smoke cleared, Quintana’s documentarian instincts kicked in and she started making work with remnants she salvaged from the ashes. Using her iphone, she photographed and chronicled the blackened and burnt objects - some barely recognizable - to create a new series Forage From Fire.