In their ongoing project Shifting Shorelines, Hughen/Starkweather explore the past, present, and future shorelines of San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Hybrid shoreline landscapes of built and natural environments have been shaped by industry, earthquakes, population growth, infill, habitat restoration, manufacturing, and climate change. Through historical and current maps, data, and personal interviews with community members, scientists, urban planners, cartographers, engineers, and others, Hughen/Starkweather explore the myriad ways shorelines have been and continue to be altered. Works from this series will be shown at the Public Policy Institute of California (2015), the University of San Francisco Thacher Gallery (2016), and the Bolinas Museum (2017).
Hughen/Starkweather is comprised of San Francisco artists Jennifer Starkweather and Amanda Hughen. Their work explores the layers, complexities, built systems, and natural movements of specific locations. They begin by researching a place using historic and current maps, data, photos, and personal interviews. The resulting artworks are abstract, but contain visible traces of the source materials, revealing forms unique to the location.