The significant body of work that Carol Rhodes has produced over the past twenty five years assimilates and moves beyond two major critical impasses for modern painting: photography and pure abstraction. Rhodes makes small-scale paintings depicting, from aerial viewpoints, encounters between the natural environment and human intervention, fictional syntheses resulting from a re-mixing of photographic sources. Finding beauty in deserted and apparently alienating places, her paintings allow us to contemplate our own relationship to the world around us.
Carol Rhodes was born in Edinburgh in 1959 and spent her early years in India. She returned to Scotland to study at Glasgow School of Art. She has lived and worked in Glasgow ever since, and has played an important role in the cultural life of that city.