Rachel Zollinger: Plotting the Decontextualized

Gamut 1

Landsat imagery, custom software, paper
14” x 23”, 2016



Gamut 2
Landsat imagery, custom software, paper

14” x 23”, 2016



Gamut 3
Landsat imagery, custom software, paper

14” x 23”, 2016



I create decontextualized, derivative landscapes in sculpture, altered digital media and installation. I often leverage open source data as research and catalyst, and explore ways of manipulating and subverting maps, satellite images and their metadata in reimagined parameters and functions.

These works began as an exploration into our preoccupation of gathering and storing information about our world, each iteration engendering new knowledge and relevancy. Interested in how this vast archive informs our perceptions, I grabbed screenshots from Landsat and Google Earth and processed them through custom software. The software separates the red, green and blue color channels of the image and replaces the comprising individual pixels with their representative alphabet letter, R, G or B. Further manipulations emphasize the content and terrain. I focused on imagery that captures striking contrast in the landscape; in my homeland of the Southwest, below the rugged mountains, agriculture plots flourish in the arid desert.


I was compelled to push the process further, taking the emergent discretized array of pixels and rendering each one by hand on paper with a sharp instrument. The process is labor intensive and necessitates a meditative, systematic approach. The images are produced by the pinnacle of human ingenuity and technological advance, and finally returned to the simple and primitive act of mark making on a surface.




Gamut 4
Landsat imagery, custom software, paper

14” x 23”, 2016



Gamut 5
Landsat imagery, custom software, paper

14” x 23”, 2016


RGB
Open source satellite imagery, custom software
Dimensions variable, 2016



B Detail




G Detail





R Detail






Rachel Zollinger lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her BFA from the University of New Mexico and will be returning to study this fall with Land Arts of the American West. She is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is a confluence of experiential and critical meditation on human impact. She may often be found wandering the mountains and deserts of the West. Her work has been exhibited across the country, including RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Denver, CO, Page Coleman Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL and one person exhibitions at Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX and ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL. In 2015 she completed a residency in Olafsfjordur, Iceland. She teaches elementary school sculpture, ceramics, painting and drawing.



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