Sky Cranes

By Rachel Mello

Rachel Mello lives and works in Somerville, MA, using traditional painting and printmaking techniques to explore the contemporary world. “At its heart, my work is about sense of place: how a house is a home, how a group of homes is a neighborhood; what it’s like to live and dream in cities.”

Cut by an industrial water-jet process out of cold rolled steel, then painted using sign enamels, my “Sky Cranes” explore a relationship between a working, industrial form—the shipyard cargo crane—and a natural landscape as might have once been found along these waterways.