Department of Art & Art History
United States of America
Jenny Odell is a Bay Area native/captive who makes use of secondhand imagery, most commonly from Google Earth. Her work attempts to bring into focus the specific, fragile, and physically determined characteristics of human existence by cataloguing its infrastructure. Odell's projects have been featured at the Google Headquarters, Centre d'Art Santa Monica, Fotomuseum Antwerp, Les Rencontres d'Arles, and La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris. They have also turned up in TIME's LightBox, the Atlantic, The Economist, WIRED, the NPR Picture Show, Die Zeit, Le Soir, and European Photography. Having studied design at SFAI and English at UC Berkeley, Odell makes work at the intersection of research and aesthetics, and has been frequently been compared to a scientist (specifically, a lepidopterist).