Julie Gautier-Downes received a BA in Studio Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design.
In her studio practice, Gautier-Downes explores the emotional resonance of left behind domestic spaces. In photographs and installations, she leads viewers on a journey through abandoned or distressed homes, creating both the visual and emotional experiences of the places she explores. Each method offers a different angle of inquiry that feeds her pursuit of connection to absent figures. As she was feeling trapped in photography’s limitations of two-dimensional renderings of space and object, installation offered her the freedom to give viewers a more precise sense of a recreated place and the things she found there. The work shares environments that might be not easily accessible, both physically and emotionally, to her audience. She photographs and reassembles distant, disused spaces to give them back importance. Her work follows her 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.
Gautier-Downes has taught and guest lectured at a number of prestigious institutions, including Eastern Washington University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Washington State University. In 2017, she was an Artist in Residence at the Vermont Studio Center and AIR Studio Paducah. In 2018, Gautier-Downes was an Artist in Resident at Laboratory in Spokane, Washington. Julie Gautier-Downes is currently based in Spokane where she is a member of the Saranac Art Projects and Executive Director of the Richmond Art Collective.
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