Project 3/ Nature Artist
In light of the topic of nature, Rachel Sussman’s work really speaks for itself. Rachel is a contemporary artist, who creates the realm of her work with ideas of art, philosophy, and science. Sussman is currently based in Brooklyn New York, and her work has been exhibited all over the world. While Rachel has completed several installation pieces using mixed mediums, the vast majority of her work and perhaps her most well-acclaimed work takes the form of photography (About). She is best known for her work titled, “The Oldest Living Things in the World”, a decade-long project which brought Rachel all around the globe to photograph the oldest living organisms. Rachel’s work brings a new light and perspective to the beauty of nature and allows viewers to revel in the concept of time and life itself.
One of my favorite photos from Rachel is titled, “Antarctic Moss #0212-7833”. The various compositional choices that she made allows for a beautiful contrast of color and texture between the different subjects of the photo. I believe the subtlety and quietness of the photograph allow for the viewers to connect to Rachel’s general ideas for photographing the oldest organisms in the world. One is able to admire and truly grow an appreciation for the beauty of the Earth that we live in. I believe this statement to be true for the entirety of Rachel Sussman’s work.