With inquisitive depictions of landscape fragments, Ann Worthing's Backyard draws the viewer into various landscape settings. However, the entire subject is not fully fleshed out. The viewer is given an upward section of a treetop for example, or a ground view of shrubs as if one was lying on their belly. This detaches the section from its setting, emphasizing its presence even more. The viewer is forced to zero in on a particular area in the landscape diffusing the surrounding area - hence making the setting unclear. Is it urban or rural? Does it even matter where?
What's important is that Worthing wants the viewer to look - really look and re-evaluate what one sees in the world. Additionally, Worthing wants one to look for something more than what is represented. This is the metaphorical idea in Backyard--to search in a dialogue of reflection and contemplation.