Rachel Johnson is an artist and media teacher who uses art to create entry points to shifts in the evolution of regional wildlife & environment.
Employing research, theory, ritual and fieldwork, Rachel Johnson illustrates specific nodes within the systems of feedback between human meaning-making and biological processes with digital media and physical experiences for audiences. Johnson’s practice considers the role of mysticism, poetics and aesthetics in processes often explored by hard science, exposing the interconnectedness of disciplines. Her work unfolds in public spaces, outdoors across sub/urban byways or within internet platforms.
Rachel grew up in North Carolina but has routinely migrated up and down the east coast focusing her work on specific bioregions of the Southeastern US- NC, South Florida.
In residence at Everglades National Park, Rachel completed research and translation groundwork for her print series on invasive ecology and culture: ESCAPED EXOTICS MIAMI.
ESCAPED EXOTICS is a poster series and self released book mapping critical ideological cultural and scientific views of 4 of the most ecologically disruptive invasive plant species in South Florida. Each edition focuses on a single plant species mapping connections between human culture, industry, production, and landscape modification through the plants species’ spread and biological mechanisms. The pages are published in side by side translations of English, Hatian Creole and Latin American Spanish thanks to support by BFI Miami.
Throughout 2018-2019 the posters were wheatpasted throughout Miami Dade County and released in a large book that sold out at local zine festivals.
In residence with AIRIE I connected and learned from the people of the Everglades- scientists, activists and conservationists on the front lines of battles for protecting the natural systems that give life to the Everglades and on a larger level, to the earth that supports human life.