By Barbara London
In the sixth episode of "Barbara London Calling," host Barbara London speaks with Rachel Rossin, a Brooklyn-based artist investigating the boundaries between reality, hyper-reality and the imaginary. Born in 1987, Rachel grew up in South Florida, where she lived in the shadow of hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters. This sense of anxiety—a kind of dread for nature’s ferocious side—still colors Rachel’s work. By age 8, Rachel was already painting and writing computer code, and she eventually began experimenting with virtual reality and digital art. For research, she hacks action-adventure video games, like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty, so she can better understand the kinds of big-budget special effects she often incorporates in her work.