Carol Rhodes’s paintings depict a semi-industrial topography
of buildings, roads and canals – ‘edgelands’
where human enterprise mixes with nature. They possess a distinctive
inventiveness, ambiguity and metaphoric charge. Reflecting yet
transforming our contemporary, technologised view of the world,
Rhodes’ work painting’s unique amalgam of depiction
and physical ‘objectness’ to suggest new realities.
She achieves great variety within the format of the aerial view,
and discovers surprising new fields of exploration and expression.
In an interview in Art World magazine in 2009, Rhodes comments
that painting, ‘whatever else it is (and it has to be
other things too), is always a sort of manifesto about what
art is now, and what it might become… imposing intention
and function onto the substance of paint is essential. It allows
me into the real meaning of the painting, whatever that may