Cultivating Fire

What I learned from my time as a Fulbrighter in the pine-oak forests of the Sierra de la Laguna was that fire is life sustaining. The ranching communities in this region of Baja California Sur use fire to cook their food and rejuvenate their fields. It is integrated into daily life. It has been cultivated. Perhaps the fate of the forests in the western United States was destined when we stopped cultivating fire? Not only did we stop utilizing fire, but we stopped letting it exist at all in an ecosystem that relied on it.

Is it possible to revisit our relationship with fire? Could it save our forests? This body of work reflects on these questions. 

Prescription Medicine, 2021
oil on canvas
60″ x 66″
Redención (A Tryptic)
La Fogata (durante el incendio), 2019
Oil on Canvas
60″ x 54″
El Susurro (Tres Años Después), 2020
Oil on Canvas
60″ x 54″
Reclamación (catorce años después), 2020
Oil on Canvas
60″ x 54″
En La Casa, 2020
Oil on Canvas
24″ x 30″
La Fogata II, 2020
Oil on Canvas
24″ x 30″
La Fogata, 2019
Oil on Canvas
30″ x 24″