works by Adrian Rhodes
Center for the Arts | Dalton Gallery
121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC
March 24 - April 30, 2017
Thurs., April 27, 2017
In her work Adrian Rhodes reflects on the collective sense of nostalgia and the yearning associated with generational memory. Printmaking is at the core of her process, allowing for the swift installation of recurring imagery and personal iconography into the work. Sky maps of constellations, navigational charts and the matriarchal structure of bee colonies reference connections between mothers and daughters. DNA structures and printmaking processes examine issues of inheritance. Sky charts represent a primal force- the vastness of the universe - paired with the complexity of bee society to comment on the way maternal bonds can be both fierce and fraught, a complex connection that pulls against chaotic forces in an attempt to align itself in an organic balance.
DNA imagery and print generated collage provide a way for the work to literally inherit visual information from piece to piece. It is important to Rhodes that connections are made between the structures involved in charting, navigation, DNA and hive mentality as seen in relation to our generational memory. Her work comes directly from the experience of losing her mother and how that loss influences her experience as the mother of daughters, leading her to consider the way generations of matrilineal relations who have never met still influence each other. Our history, mapped behind us and laid out ahead of us, is fragile, chaotic and layered.
This is further reflected in the use of collage to install visual information in the work. The very nature of collage is taking pieces of rubbish and turning them into something of value and significance. Collage reflects the gathering up and recombining of the pieces as you navigate the uncertainties of life; the process of picking up and starting over.
Working on paper is a tactile experience of extremes, a balance of strength and weakness. Rhodes abrades the surface while still being keenly aware of both the fragility of fiber that holds the piece together and its durability in the act of wear. Additional painting and mark making become the record of a journey as the work becomes a map of the process of making. The way that a thing is made has as much to say about its content as the imagery contained therein, and her studio process results in work examining issues of inheritance, influence, loss, and lineage alongside a reflection on attempts to control and protect contrasted with the fundamental inability to do so.
Adrian Rhodes grew up in Hartsville, South Carolina. She attended Winthrop University from 2001 - 2005, earning a BFA in General Studio with emphases in Drawing and Painting. While studying at Winthrop, she participated in a semester exchange with the South Carolina Polytechnic in Imatra, Finland. After several years as a practicing artist she returned to Winthrop, receiving her MFA in Painting with a minor in Printmaking in 2011.
Rhodes’ work has shown throughout the Carolinas in solo exhibitions, including shows at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, the Sumter County Gallery of Art, and City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC. She has received awards in many regional juried competitions, including Best of Show at the York County Juried Exhibition in 2013. She will have a solo exhibition at
Coastal Carolina University in January 2017. | www.adrianrhodes.com