Rachelle Mendez grew up in Northern California on acres of open land in a small rural community outside of Sacramento. After moving to Southern California to obtain a bachelor degree in Advertising/ Graphic Design she started exploring the idea of photographing the expansive rural landscape in a more graphic and concise way. This aesthetic lead to her first on going photo series; The Rural.
Slowly evolving from the expansive landscapes to the highly congested landscapes of Los Angeles and Orange County’s suburbs, Rachelle created her most passionate and inclusive series; Minimal and Contemporary Landscape photographs of California.
Bachelor of Arts, Advertising/ Graphic Design: Cal State University, Fullerton
Award winning painter and photographer, The State of California Agricultural Commission, fine art galleries, Review Santa Fe 2017 Photographer, and over a decade working in advertising publishing. 2018: Solo Show Brea Gallery's Made In California "Minimal Hardscapes of Southern California," Tom Hoops Introduces WDIP, Berlin, Light and Starkness at Gallery 10 West, Santa Barbara. Forthcoming Solo Show, Fourth Element Gallery: Spring 2019
"Minimal Hardscapes is a graphic look at the urbanization of the California landscape. There are a multitude of visual layers and textures of man-altered landscapes also know in as new topographic photography. This series is my attempt to push something into nothing and still be whole.
As you can imagine, these vertical obstructions take up all of our surrounding information; the sky, fields and mountain ranges. In the highly congested areas of Southern California our consolation prize is a 90 degree graphic, so far removed from the natural world, yet offering an opportunity to forget what we are missing and still be satisfied."