“In 2016 I assisted artist Lewis deSoto with a project for the Twentynine Palms Gallery and Joshua Tree National Park . We visited several times exploring the landscape and taking audio recordings using a hydrophone in search of the sound of water. I crawled into the Barker Dam, visited the Oasis of Mara, got to love the landscape, the Joshua Trees and the Cholla Cacti. I listened to the crickets at night, the wind in the palms, experienced the powerful scent of the creosote and fell in love with the high desert.”
Genevieve Hastings is a multimedia installation artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay area. She received her BFA from San Jose State University in Photography and her MFA at San Francisco State University in 2014. Her installations interrogate the phenomenology of memory by immersing viewers into constructed environments. She encourages participation through encounters with objects, images, sounds, and scents that stimulate memory response. She creates archives from these responses that live in the form of website evidence, prints and book publications.
In 2013 she had a solo exhibition at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art titled, Recollections: A Series of Stratachronistic Rooms. Past exhibitions include, the Richmond Art Center, the ICA, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Zer01 International Biennial, the Center for Photographic Arts in Carmel and was included in a SomArts (San Francisco) exhibition after receiving the Murphy Cadogan Award. She has also received a grant, participated in an exhibition at San Jose's City Hall and was included in a documentary short for The Healthy Art Program. She is currently the Director of Art Ark Gallery in San Jose, California. She created an Artist-In-Residence program through Art Ark and directs a Community Engagement Program allows artists to create art in San Jose affordable housing communities.