Pauline Rhodes

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1937

Land Extensums, Southern Alps

  • 1994
  • Photograph
  • Gift of the artist, 2000
  • 762 x 762 x 35mm
  • 2012/014

‘Extensums’ are the temporary sculptural works Pauline Rhodes constructs in her local landscape. After documenting them with a photograph, she quickly dismantles them to leave no trace. Pauline has worked in this way in Te Poho-o-Tamatea The Port Hills and across Horomaka Banks Peninsula since the early 1970s, developing a close and nuanced relationship with the whenua. She works alone, using simple, lightweight materials to activate the distinct and changing energies of the landscape, which becomes a dynamic and recurrent participant in her sculptures, rather than a passive backdrop.

(Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection, 6 August 2022- )

Exhibition History