Pauline Rhodes

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1937

Untitled (‘And I Through This, And Into This Earth, Pafet Terra’)

  • Rust imprint, crayon, pencil and ink on paper
  • 365 x 550mm
  • 81/37
  • 1979

These works on paper exist as traces of temporary interventions that prominent Ōtautahi artist Pauline Rhodes has made at different times in the landscape. Here, rust stains paper, interacting with marks made with graphite that suggest movement through space. Rhodes responds directly to the landscape, to points where land and sea meet. Her object is not to produce permanent works of art, but to record the traces of her activity, making and unmaking sculpture in specific places. The making of the work is the product of an intimate and intense habitation of space, in order to gain a new understanding of the landscape and what it means to be a ‘consciousness’ in motion within it.

(Te Wheke, 2020)