Dirt Road Encounter


  • From a limited edition of 4 archival photographs
  • Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
  • Image: 30×30 inches/76×76 cm
  • Paper: 32×32 inches/81×81 cm

Limited availability (4 remaining)


An angry sky and the ominous desolation are interrupted by a mesmerizing figure along a dirt road. Marsh grasses and palmetto trees line the pebbled flat that extends to the horizon. Tracks and footprints are subtle hints of travelers through these now desolate badlands. She seems unconcerned with the dead end or what perils may lurk in the brush. She is presented as an animal, with her roots in nature, yet contrasts with the environment as a clearly evolved, social being.

The vertical figure glows against the dense clouds and murky surroundings. The bright pink is an imposing interjection amongst the muted colors of the landscape.

Striations in the clouds radiate from her upper torso, encircling and emphasizing her as a focal point in the composition. Three triangular areas, including the road, and the foliage on either side, converge to a vanishing point. This emphasis of perspective, amplified by the wide-angle lens, imparts a heightened feeling of three-dimensionality, motion through time, and inviting us into this version of reality.

Traditional landscape painting showed figures surveying developed property they owned. Painted nudes often used landscape as a decorative backdrop for celebrating the beauty of the body. Some paintings of nudes in landscapes provide a range of aesthetic elements to contemplate. This piece follows the second tradition more than the first, partly in the subject’s gaze connecting her to the viewer. Furthermore, it presents a wilderness, of the type that few would seek to own. It presents the two elements as visual comparisons, not to reflect upon her purpose in this place but to consider textures, colors, and form.

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