The Adventures of the Investigator & Madam VEGA
Works in Progress
This compilation of excerpts is from a video series captured while residing at the HEIMA Residency in Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland which is a small village located in a fjord surrounded by particular topography with mythological and geological significance. During this time I spent long periods in the field where I developed specific characters that perform different activities based upon their own specialized modes of understanding an alternate planetary environment. The Investigator is an inexperienced being who has no language, listens through echolocation, and perceives an unfamiliar environment based solely on sense perception. Madame VEGA on the other hand is from this planet functioning on logic. They are a natural inhabitant to the landscape. Through the multiple videos, the narrative is revealed between them. The video series will be accompanied by an archive of drawings, text, object, photographs, and blueprints that explain the fantastical laws of physics pertaining to this other earth landscape, communication devices, and bodily functions the characters exhibit.
Into the Zone (Anthology of Accounts & Findings)
16 mm film, video, optical sountrack, vitrines, objects
5 min. 30 sec.
The projection is adapted to the architecture of each site to create an immersive environment.
The projection is presented with objects and text that function as signifiers to the landscape in the film. The objects in vitrines are situated between the projection source and wall to obstruct the pathway of light. As a result silhouettes are cast upon the projection and imagery from the projection is dispersed around the space to create an environment for the narrative to be experienced. The work at large is activated by the viewer as they physically navigate and piece together clues that unfold the history. The physical act of exploration plays a significant role in my practice, utilizing the mechanical functions of the camera to mimic the means in which the body relates to its environment. The perspective, sequence, and rhythm in which technology is used, relates back to a reference point of the universal onlooker navigating an other earth.
The Last Secret Water Room
unique c-prints made with series of pin hole cameras ranging from 20-30 min. exposures
8 x 10" each
Isle of Caprona
16 mm film
3 min. 39 sec.
This full length film contains original and appropriated 16 mm film that is spliced together and treated with a variety of mark-making, paint, and alternative darkroom chemistry. The camera presents a first person perspective of the alien other examining a fantastical landscape neither before or after human civilization. Inspired by the novel The Land that Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Caprona is identified as a lost island where every stage of evolution occurs at once. Analog formats are used based upon my interest in the transformation of substances, and ability for them to reference shifting periods of time; materials that reference the past, while also holding a possibility to withstand digital remnants in the future.
Rachel's Curated Collection
This artist has not yet created a curated collection.