Paintings for Satellites: Molly Dilworth

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In the last year my practice has grown out of the studio in the form of large-scale rooftop paintings for Google Earth. This project uses materials from the waste stream (discarded house paint) to mark a physical presence in digital space.

My work is generally concerned with human perception of current conditions; the Paintings for Satellites are specifically concerned with the effects of the digital on our physical bodies.

All my work begins a series of rules derived from existing conditions. For example, the color palette for the rooftop paintings is made from the discarded paint available on a given day; the physical surface of the roof determines the shape of the painting.

As this project proliferates, it will take two forms: a community model, using local volunteers and paint from the waste stream, and a design/build model using solar-reflective paint, solar panels, and green roofing contractors. –Molly Dilworth

Cool Water, Hot Island as seen from 47th Street, Times Square

47th Street webcam view of Cool Water, Hot Island

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