Transect, a wall-mounted artist's book created in 2017 by Rachel Simmons and Lee Lines, expands the collaborative duo's exploration of their travels and research into the landscapes of Iceland. Exhibited as part of Precipice, a group show in Akureyi, Iceland in May 2017 which featured works by Dana Hargrove and Dawn Roe.
This collaboration between myself and geographer Lee Lines began in 2010 with a student-faculty research trip to Iceland to experience firsthand how that nation’s dedication to renewable energy is reshaping its physical and cultural landscapes. Since that time, we have worked together in an interdisciplinary dialog between art and science as we strive to create a visual language to explore the relationship between scale and sustainability in the landscape. Images in this series began with photographs (taken by Lee on his travels through Iceland, Dominica, Switzerland and the US) that I transferred by hand on an etching press. Each image is enlarged and then drawn over with materials like ink and charcoal to emphasize certain characteristics of the landscape. We aim to create works that can help viewers understand and appreciate how scale and landscape affect the way we live and work.