Rachel Simmons

Weather Atlas

Rachel Simmons

Weather Atlas



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Adhesive vinyl, Collage, Colored Pencil, Digital print, Gesso, Marker, Relief print, Screenprint


11.25 × 8.5 × 1.25 in


Orlando, FL

$ 6,500.00


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Carleton College

Weather Atlas is an altered book that explores how climate change is impacting biodiversity. Collaged elements from an array of sources overlay the atlas’ original weather data maps from 1977 when an earlier wave of organized environmental protests were happening across the US. The narrative is layered; bracketed text cites contemporary scientific articles on biodiversity and climate change; simultaneously, a first person narrator reflects on common consumer worries and behaviors. With imagery taken from 20th century educational books, Weather Atlas juxtaposes images of industrial machines, fossil fuel technologies and extreme weather phenomena with animals & habitats under threat. The inherent critique is multifaceted; one can read the science which demands more conservation to protect biodiversity in the face of floods, forest fires and drought, but the insurmountable malaise and confusion of the human consumer is ever present.

As with many of my altered books, the process started with finding the right book, but in this case I found 4 or 5 books. My main resources for images were Wild Animals of the World by Mary Baker and William Bridges (1948), What Makes the Wheels Go
, by George E. Block (1935), The How and Why Wonder Book of Weather edited by Dr. Paul E. Blackwood (1960) and My
Fun-to-Read Books: Life in the Forest, Life Along the Seashore and Birds in Summer
published by the Southwestern Company in
1973 as well as the March 1955 edition of The Clemson Slipstick, a magazine for Clemson engineering students and alumni.” — Rachel Simmons on Weather Atlas