Nara McCray

Nara is a DC based geospatial analyst, with a global perspective informed by a career in international humanitarian response. Compelled by the beauty found in satellite imagery used for routine technical assignments in her work, she began to explore this opensource data repository as an artistic medium. Capturing information in the form of light reflectance in spectral ranges both visible and invisible to the human eye, satellites reveal textures and patterns capable of providing value beyond the standard scientific research and military surveillance applications. Launching her moonlighting hobby via instagram (@mapsnacks) in 2019 during the idle time provided by the pandemic, she continues to create earth art as a means of resisting formal/rigid academic frameworks, man-made political geographic borders, and promoting a cultural shift towards the pursuit of pleasure, beauty and enjoyment during a time of global frustration and confinement.

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