Rebecca Najdowski

is an artist investigating material possibilities of photography, video, and 3D modeling. Her work centers on the complicated ways perception of nature and photomedia are entangled.


/// Select Exhibitions ///
Inverted Landscapes
Interference Pattern

/// Recent Projects ///
Ambient Pressure
Echo
Surfacing

/// Curation ///
The Image Looks Back
To the Moon and Back
A Field Guide to the Stars

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Ambient Pressure


2017–ongoing | 50+ pigment prints and chromogenic prints, digital video

Ambient Pressure is an ongoing project that draws attention to the ways that photography has literally and conceptually ‘framed’ nature. The artworks were formed through analog and digital interventions in which photographic negatives are manipulated, cut, burned, folded, obstructed, or physically modified. The images were composed twice — once during film capture and then through manipulation of the negatives, scans, and prints with blades, lighters, markers, plastic, rocks, bleach, and other materials. In the second stage of composition, the marks, ruptures, or overlays were used to highlight the fact that photographs are a construction and not a transparent window-on-the-world. The previously straightforward landscape imagery was thus incised with physical intrusions, complicating the scene with additive-erasure. This process — that changes the material surface of the photographs — reveals the photographic conditions which objectify and distance nature from our human experience.

A selection of images from this series is available as editioned prints, 20x24in and 42x50in


Ambient Pressure (Black Hole), preview