Jenny Odell repurposes online imagery mostly from Google Maps, but also from YouTube, Craigslist, and other sites. In her "Satellite Collections," for example, she incorporated aerial views of swimming pools, basketball courts, parking lots, and other recognizable structures, seen from space.
Her more recent series, "Satellite Landscapes," includes painstakingly isolated Google Maps imagery of oil refineries, wastewater treatment plants, solar farms, etc. This work is meant as a reminder of our physically determined and vulnerable existence, since we depend on many of these things for survival and maintenance of our way of life.
Odell was born in Mountain View, just a few miles from where the Google Headquarters would eventually be to parents working in the technology field. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in English literature from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Design and Technology from San Francisco Art Institute. Odell's work has been exhibited internationally and at Google Headquarters, and is currently on view at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco. Odell lives in San Francisco and teaches at Stanford University.
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