Orlando Museum of Art

03/07 - 04/28/2013

Rachel Simmons and Lee Lines: The Aesthetics of Scale

This collaborative project 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, Simmons and Lines have worked together in an interdisciplinary dialog between art and science as they 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 Lines on his travels through Iceland, Dominica, Switzerland and the US) that were transferred by hand on an etching press. Each image is enlarged and then drawn over with materials like graphite and charcoal to emphasize certain characteristics of the landscape.  Lines and Simmons aim to create works that can help viewers understand and appreciate how scale and landscape affect the way we live and work.

Rachel Simmons teaches foundations, printmaking, book arts and environmental art courses in the Department of Art and Art History at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Since 2000, she has created collaborative community art projects which teach students to be responsible citizens as well as accomplished artists. Rachel’s mixed media work deals with environmental issues such as marine pollution, ecotourism and sustainable development and has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. She traveled to Antarctica in 2008 to conduct research for her work, returning again in 2009 as the leader of a group of faculty colleagues. Rachel recently presented her research on the Icelandic development landscape with colleagues from the environmental sciences at the International Conference for Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii and at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Her work is included in the Jacqueline Bradley and Clarence Otis, Jr. Collection.

Lee Lines is a Professor of Environmental Studies at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University in 1995. His teaching and research interests are focused primarily on conservation, physical geography, environmental design, and sustainable development. In recent years, he has taught field-based courses in Ecuador, Costa Rica, and the Pacific Northwest. He recently presented a paper (with Rachel Simmons) entitled “Visual Narratives of Scale and Sustainability” at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.

This exhibition is part of the OMA’s new program, New Work: A Series of Bi-Monthly Exhibitions of Contemporary Art. This ongoing bi-monthly exhibition series features new work by contemporary artists from Florida and around the country, emphasizing work that explores new media, installations and collaborative projects.


  • Rachel Simmons and Lee Lines, Interchange, 2013, mixed media on paper, n.d., Collection of the artist.

Event Pricing
  • Admission: $0.00

Intended For

  • Teachers
  • Adults
  • Artist