Cassandra Kiki Ami
Nurturing our relations and our planet
E.R.A.S (Ecosystem Restoration Artistry Systems) is a women-run forestry contracting company. We provide consultation, design, and ecological services for governmental agencies and private estate stewards.
Services include wildlife and botanical surveys, habitat restoration, landscape design, post-fire reforestation, river restoration, endangered species surveys, and Bioinclusive Ecotours.
We are inspired by the work and ethics of John D Liu, Rudolf Steiner, Buckminster Fuller, Nikola Tesla, Shinto-based ethics of earth-care, Vandana Shiva, the Degrowth movement, Pablo Frier, E.F. Shumacher, Murry Bookchin, Vaclav Smil, Elaine Ingham, and many others.
Our wonderful seasonal crews work collaboratively with a systems based approach to encounter the deep regenerative core of the ecosystem at hand and nurture it back to a restorative balance. We value our relationships and prioritise the value of care and a research-based approach implemented with co-emerging artistry.
Kiki Ami studied Political Ecology and Degrowth at the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona for her graduate studies, holds a BA in Regenerative Systems from Evergreen, and conducted independent research alongside Seattle and Portland Community Colleges in Indigenous Medicine intersection with TCAM modalities from an herbalists and Traditional Japanese Medicine perspective. Additionally attending the ULAB program with MIT, ClasLite for Forest Degradation at Stanford, GIS Systems with UC Davis, and Ecosystems Services through the Institute of Environmental Science at the University of Geneva.
Kiki Ami has organised inclusivity and ecologically focused events for Village Building Convergence, Escuela Gratis, RRFM, and Portland area elementary schools. She has been a featured artist in Art Basel for her show on decomposition as viewed through traveling in Δt = αM - α, and has community murals themed around Bioremediation and Community Care in San Fransisco and Barcelona.
Kikis multicultural nomadic childhood between the Sonoran and Cascadian bioregions informs her appreciation of the plant and mineral life, and appreciation for the migrant communities, both human and non human. She has studied and lived across the USA, Montreal, Paris, Barcelona, Oaxaca City, Guatemala. With formable stints in Morrocco, Portugal, and former Yugoslavia, regions of Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, and Serbia. Her approach to stewardship and forestry support services is to improve relationships between soil organisms, plant, animal, and human interactions. May we learn to truly see and appreciate one another.