Art in the Bryant Bannister Tree-Ring Building

Julie Comnick
Ashes to Ashes

Ashes to Ashes

Ashes to Ashes is a series of drawings depicting recent Arizona wildfires, rendered with charcoal samples personally collected from each fire site. Each drawing is displayed with its corresponding charcoal sample. The collection represents fourteen significant wildfires from 1990 to the present, with archived photographs used as references.

This project was created for the occasion of Fires of Change: a partnership between the arts and sciences, sponsored by the Southwest Fire Science Consortium, Landscape Conservation Initiative, and Flagstaff Arts Council with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ashes to Ashes, 2015, wildfire charcoal on paper

Roosevelt Fire on loan from the collection of Randall Smith

Georgia Roswell
Peace in Columbia

Life Rings

Life Rings Tree-rings can tell us stories about a tree’s experiences, from its age to how many droughts it has weathered. Fabrics and textiles have personal significances and memories associated with them. Attendees at a unique workshop held at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona, worked with Wyoming artist Georgia Roswell to create their own textile “Life Ring”. This workshop was sponsored in part by the Wyoming Arts Council.