E3 is pleased to kick off 2018 with the work of Julie Gautier Downes: "In photographs and installations, I lead viewers on a journey through abandoned homes, creating both the visual and emotional experiences of the places I explore. Each method offers a different angle of inquiry that feeds my pursuit of connection to absent figures. I photograph and reconstruct fragments of abandoned homes to create a narrative about loss. By building installations, I am able to engage my audience in a multi-sensory, self-directed experience. I use found objects, photographs, furniture, and building materials to explore the emotional resonance of abandoned domestic spaces. Each installation represents a real or imagined trauma or failure. These fractured environments become monuments to failed relationships, lifestyles, and dreams. In my work, I continue to question the seemingly inherent physical stability of a house and the way houses decay over time. I share environments that might be not easily accessible, both physically and emotionally, to my audience. I reassemble distant, disused spaces to give them back importance. This work follows me through the exploration of themes that animate and questions that arise about the abandoned houses of others who were, for whatever reason, made to abandon them." Join us for an opening reception First Friday, January 5th, 5-9pm. Music by Anything But Susan. 20% of sales go to Watson Children's Shelter. Exhibit runs January 5-27.