Sybil Curtis is an Australian painter best known for her distinctive and poetic renderings of industrial, mining and agricultural structures. She sees them as giant sculptures with their own fearful beauty. Curtis maintains that if an artwork does not work at an abstract level, it does not work at all.

Although most paintings appear realistic, they are constructs often combining different elements from different sites to make a coherent artwork. It is irrelevant that the paintings are not an accurate representation of an actual place or time, as most sites no longer exist.