'Monument for Picnics' seeks to recreate an outdoor picnic scene from the early twenty-first century by using recycled materials to create an immersive future landscape. Visitors are encouraged to sit on picnic blankets in the faux-grass field, watch video projections of sunsets gleaming onto the faux-cumulus clouds, and experience a synthetic picnic of the future.
Rachel Schmidt is an installation artist based in the Washington, DC region. She uses time-based media and installation to explore urbanization and its impact on ecosystems, future landscapes, and the roll that myth plays in our understanding of the environment. Rachel received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore before moving to Warsaw, Poland for a year of artistic research. From 2012-2016 Rachel worked as an Exhibition Coordinator at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and has been an artist in residence at the Arlington Arts Center, Taipei Artist Village, Vermont Studio Center, and the Taller Portobelo Norte in Panama. She has exhibited throughout the US and Internationally, and has been reviewed in Sculpture Magazine, Washington Post, and numerous other print and online publications.