The Forage From Fire series includes images of objects rescued from the home and studio of photographer Norma I. Quintana. On October 8, 2017, the Atlas Peak Fire roared through their neighborhood, burning their home to the ground. Days after the smoke cleared, Quintana’s documentarian instincts kicked in and she started making work with remnants she salvaged from the ashes.
“I have an innate and unquenchable desire to collect things. Not because I want to posses them, but because I want to celebrate the wonderment of them. It’s not the owning, it’s the knowing, that motivates me."
Framed by the black plastic gloves issued for fire clean-up, the sequence of images include jewelry, camera bodies, Christmas ornaments, pendants, doll parts, kitchen tools and picture frames. More than documenting a loss, her new project provided inspiration to others recovering from trauma and put life into perspective.
Works from this series where exhibited October 4 - 20, 2018 at SF Camerawork. And included in group exhibitions:
From Fire, Love Rises, Sept 29, 2018 to Jan 6, 2019 at Sonoma Valley Museum
Art Responds: The Wine Country Fires, Oct 10 - Dec 15, 2018 at First Street Napa
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Limited edition of 10, archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper
All images are copyrighted © Norma I. Quintana.