About this artwork

Rhodes predominantly painted her landscapes on small boards, contradicting the scale of the sprawling scenes she depicted. This work is, however, relatively large. Rhodes looked to geography textbooks and aerial photographs as her source material, creating composite expanses which are just far enough away to deny the viewer insight into the land below. She was intrigued by land which had been transformed in some way. She considered it a particularly human trait to interfere with nature. In this scene there is not a section which has not been altered in some way. However, an industrial landscape would normally be bustling with activity, yet in Rhodes’ view there are no people, cars, or movement. The scene is still and deserted, which creates a mysterious, almost ominous atmosphere.

Updated before 2020

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Carol Rhodes

Carol Rhodes

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