Living and working on lutruwita / Tasmania, Sarah Rhodes explores ways in which the natural environment can guide an understanding of one’s inner world. Her interest lies with how living on an island, bounded by coastline, heightens a connection to place and fosters the artistic imagination. Isolation and connection, self-containment and belonging are key themes of her work and intrinsic to living on an island. The notion of belonging is key to the portraits as it affirms we are intrinsically tied to the universe, natural world, community and ourselves. The portraits use atmosphere as the conduit between the emotional and the spatial to reveal the indivisibility of person and place.
Rhodes studied fine art and psychology, gaining her Arts degree from the University of Sydney. In 2022, she was awarded highly commended at tidal.22: City of Devonport Tasmanian Art Award with Colleen. In 2020, she won the Women’s Art Prize Tasmania for Paper Plane and in 2011, she won the New York Photo Award (Fine Art) for her image Play. In 2023, Rhodes completed a PhD in the School of Creative Arts, at the University of Tasmania and is currently preparing for an exhibition in the Australia Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Architecture 2023.
Standing in front of Bruce Gilden's exhibition at the LOOK3 Photography Festival, Charlotteville, Virginia, US, 2012