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I am a media artist who works across modes of communication, from video and photographic
images to sound, and sculpture. I am inspired by the presentation modes that are found in the
institutions that specialize in the delivery of knowledge – museums, libraries, and the media. I
consider each of these and their roles and contrast them with heuristic experiential modes of
acquiring knowledge.

My work begins in the institutions that tell the tales of exploration and describe distant lands. It
then expands out in to the field where I reimagine and represent collected material. Places are at
once stable and mutable. There is a false sense that place is unchanging or is completely
knowable. I examine how location is experienced across time, the rediscovery of the known, and
the layered relationship between the main characters: place and explorer. I am drawn to the
explorer and their singular focus on frontiers in spite of risk, all for the possibility that they could
see something authentic.

The historic explorer is a troubled character at best. I am the descendent of one. My grandfather
sailed the South Pacific for the American Museum of Natural History. His story, his flaws, and
those of explorers before and after are in the work as well.

McLean Fahnestock seeks out footage, images, and items that expand our understanding of place and carry the character of exploration. McLean received a BFA from Middle Tennessee State University and MFA from California State University Long Beach. Her work has been exhibited and screened across the United States and Internationally at institutions such as the Aurora Picture Show and Menil Collection, Houston, Frist Art Museum, Nashville, Black Mountain College Re{Happening}, North Carolina, Technisches Museum Wien, Vienna, Austria, The California Science Museum, Los Angeles, The British Library, London, and MOCA Hiroshima, Japan.

McLean keeps her studio in Nashville, TN