RACHEL ROBERTS


NAVIGATIONS: LANDSCAPES AS AN EXTENSION OF MAN

Rachel Roberts NavigationsA hybrid landscape/tableau project detailing a narrative of the canals in the UK, this work explores what becomes of man-made structures when their intentional use becomes obsolete. Presented on cotton fabric as a large-scale collage, rooting the canal in its historical beginnings as a means of transport during the industrial revolution, whilst the digital projection connotes ideas about human evolution and how contemporary life has brought with it new ideas about living, needs and desires.

Heavily influenced by photographers such as Bernd and Hilla Becher and Andreas Gursky the project situates itself in the deadpan aesthetic, and in a similar way scrutinises the way the human race is driven to build and create, and as a result the impact this has on the landscapes.