516ARTS is presenting the social and environmental issues behind the West’s catastrophic wildfires, as well as the landscapes of human death, through two concurrent exhibitions: “Fires of Change” and “Landscapes of Life & Death.”
“Landscapes” gathers the works of six photographers in images ranging from a portrait of a popular suicide bridge to charred forests. Former New Mexico Museum of Art photography curator Mary Anne Redding served as curator.
“The theme is looking at how artists process grief; individual grief, death, illness or the destruction of the planet, which is a slow death due to climate change,” she said in a telephone interview from Boone, N.C., where she is the curator at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University.
Silver City’s Ella Sala Myers died at age 16 in a plane crash while photographing the aftermath of a fire in the Gila Wilderness in southern New Mexico. Her portraits of the resulting cloudscapes become a larger meditation on death, Redding said. The youngest artist in the exhibit, Myers was still in high school when she died.