Amelia Bauer creates photographic and sculptural interventions that explore the American experience with the "wilds." For her Burned Over series, the Brooklyn-based artist ventured deep into the forests of central New York, where she used fireworks to light up the trees. The results are dramatic and eerie, depicting uncanny happenings in the natural world.
"I worked with a small pyrotechnics crew that had experience with traditional fireworks shows as well as working on the sets of major Hollywood films," she says. "We made custom fireworks in a friend’s garage, and hiked them into the forests of rural upstate New York. I wanted the resulting images to invoke the occult history of the area, and also to have an inflated sense of drama that might recall in some part the Hudson River School landscape paintings."
Bauer's work has been exhibited at the Center on Contemporary Arts in Seattle, American Fine Arts in New York City, New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts, Miami Museum of Art, and National Museum of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution.