You can search for a thousand years, and you will find nothing. Everything can be explained scientifically today. Except that. You can go to the moon or walk under the sea, or anything else you like, but painting remains painting because it eludes such investigation. It remains there like a question. And it alone gives the answer


High-value labor power – highly skilled or in-demand workers – can command landscapes commensurate with their status and needs; while easily reproducible (or interchangeable) labor power – low skilled, often racially, or ethnically marginalized workers – are able to command far less. Even so, their needs must be met – a landscape must be produced for them too in which goods and services are made available. These days, that is often a landscape of dollar stores, food pantries, low-overhead markets (with little fresh food), acres of parking, all on the edges of town (or in declining inner suburbs). Exactly the sort of landscapes that Martha Schwartz bemoans as ugly are also deeply functional for American Capitalism.

Don Mitchell, New Axioms for Reading the Landscape: Paying Attention to Political Economy and Social Justice.