In strik­ing resem­blance to the paint­ings of Sal­vador Dali, Rhyner’s work is a col­lec­tion of waver­ing, hazy, amor­phous skies and land­scapes that serve as a slightly con­fused and dis­torted foun­da­tion for the paint­ings sur­real con­tor­tions that are the painter’s sub­jects and fig­ures. Often dis­sected and dis­con­tin­ued in unnat­ural places and fre­quently found with inhu­man, robotic appendages the painting’s fig­ures have a pur­posely fic­ti­tious and delu­sive qual­ity to them.

Rhyner’s skill­ful­ness as a painter is made obvi­ous in these works. So sen­si­tively painted are they that the viewer is able to sense the del­i­cate pulling in and out of exis­tence of these fig­ures on the artist’s imag­ined wind. Her brush stroke is soft and even; her paint­ings avoid the thought of medium and indulging purely in the fan­tasy of her imagery.

Includ­ing large insects intim­i­dat­ing in size, over­tak­ing human scale, these paint­ings pos­sess a daunt­ing and men­ac­ing anx­i­ety. They at times are com­posed in such a way that they almost seem as if they were a jour­nal­ing of pho­bias, or a peek into hap­pen­ings of a night­mare. Dark and fore­bod­ing some may be, but col­lec­tively they never lose their aes­thetic ele­gance, their smooth, slick fin­ish that always remains com­posed and rather beau­ti­ful despite what it may actu­ally be depicting.

Legacy of Water, Rhyner’s most recent work, par­al­lels the sky and sea in a sim­ple set­ting. Plac­ing two fig­ures on oppo­site sides with a turn­ing mechan­i­cal sphere in between them the com­po­si­tion is more straight­for­ward, speak­ing of the ele­ments they are com­posed of. With the whole piece uni­fied in blue, the sky and the sea cre­ate a per­fectly har­mo­nious and fused con­nec­tion that occu­pies the entire view. Not only is the whole envi­ron­ment pro­duced through this mono­chro­matic scheme of waves and wisps of vary­ing blues, but the fig­ures and sphere in the fore­front of the com­po­si­tion are also con­structed of the same make-up; emerg­ing from the water, they appear to be an exten­sion of it. Inform, they still retain human qual­i­ties, but in con­tent they are in a state of equi­lib­rium with their surroundings