The series DestructConstruct is based on found photographs of shipping container accidents downloaded from the Internet. Each found image is used as a model for a sculpture that is constructed for the production of the photograph. Individual shipping containers are folded by hand out templates of colored cardstock, and placed according to the found image. The sculpture then exists as a photographic work, which directly relates to the original photograph, including the ship name, place, and date the accident happened. I abstract the scenes of the catastrophes, removing the original context and placing the damaged containers, rendered simply out of colored paper, onto a seamless white background. This process transforms the containers into pristine patterns of color and shape, thereby confusing scale and altering the perception of the shipping container as an object. The paper is now seen as fragile, crushed or torn due to an unknown circumstance.
Heather Rasmussen was born in Santa Ana, California and lives and works in Los Angeles. In September 2009, Heather had her second solo exhibition in the Sandroni Rey Container, Los Angeles, a shipping container turned gallery space. In March 2009, Rasmussen had her first solo exhibition, ship happens, with Light & Wire Gallery in Los Angeles. Her work was recently published in the book Unfolded, Paper in Design, Art, Architecture and Industry, alongside artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Thomas Demand and Frank Gehry. Throughout her MFA degree program at California Institute of the Arts, Rasmussen developed ideas with trips to a familiar southern California location: the Port of Los Angeles, where colorful containers became items that were constantly rearranged and choreographed within her lens. She is continuing her work with archiving collections on the WWII Ship, The Lane Victory; making her own shipping container line, HITO; and seeking out disasters in vast seas and forests. website.