Description 2009 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved ~~ Interior detail of the Plymouth Cordage Company, a larger portion of which is shown in 'Consigned to Hell'.
Plymouth Cordage was, by the late 19th century, the world's largest rope manufactory. Mystic Seaport has carefully preserved 250 feet of the original structure's ropewalk, part of the 1000-foot length of the 1824 building. Unbelievably, the original plant was in operation until 1947, when it was finally modernized. Plymouth Cordage closed the doors of this newer plant in 1964, when it ceased 140 years of continuous manufacture.
This detail of the ropewalk displays a warm glow that was totally absent from the actual site during the years of its operation. It is here, in this dreary and dangerous place, that immigrant laborers and - from 1824 into the early 20th century - adjudicated children spent many long hours toiling amid darkness, dust and fibers that destroyed lungs, and the never-ending noise of large and often lethal machinery.
Digital oil painting from an original photograph shot in August 2009.
RC DeWinter, Fairfield, CT Member Since December 2008 Artist StatementHello and welcome to my portfolio on Imagekind. Here's a bit about me:
RC deWinter is a Connecticut writer/digital artist whose artwork has been published in many print and online journals, including, among others, The American Muse, Fine Art Photography, Poetry Nook, 2River View, Pink Panther, Official Feature Online Entertainment Magazine, Garden Tripod and also used as set décor on ABC-TV’s “Desperate Housewives." In 2013 Ms. deWinter she was one of six finalists for a Shorty Award, the national social media awards, in art. Ms. deWinter is honored to be the first digital artist invited to exhibit at the Arts of Tolland Gallery in Connecticut. Her 4-week solo exhibition was an unqualified success. Her poetry publication credits include The New York Times, Uno: A Poetry Anthology, 2River View, Another Sun, Pink Panther Magazine, Pilcrow & Dagger, Plum Ruby Review, Poetry Life and Times and numerous other print/online publications. If you enjoy my work, please spread the word, and thank you for stopping by.