Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 11, 2013
Erika Blumenfeld is part ecological archivist and part installation artist as she gathers artifacts salvaged from recent wildfires to create a work of art that investigates our environment and its precarious state.
“Water, Water Everywhere” is her intriguing solo exhibit opening at Women & Their Work. Blumenfeld’s gathered charred objects from a recent New Mexico wildfire to create a mandala in the center of the gallery. And her meticulous, high-resolution photographs capture the unsettling, mournful beauty of the natural landscape that’s been irrevocably altered by fires caused by human activity.
“I want the work to be a mirror of what’s going on,” said Blumenfeld as she worked on her installation. “The climate is not changing, it’s being disrupted.”
Opening 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday with an aritst’s talk at 7 p.m.
Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Exhibit continues through Aug. 29. Women and Their Work, 1710 Lavaca St. www.womenandtheirwork.org.