Ruth Rodriguez (b.1985, Dominican-American)

ARTIST STATEMENT

I make work inspired by women in my life, my grandmother, my mother and myself.  My grandmother came to this country to work in textile/lingerie factories in the mid 1960s and worked heavy hours stitching bras and moving fabric. Her experiences raising me and my mother's early exposure to art history as a child has inspired many of the motifs and poses today.  My work questions ways of digesting dominican-american society. Painted in art history and the self awareness that comes with being seen as an object. My mediums include print, collages of my old paintings, fabric all purchased from the same store in the bronx, along with scans of my grandmother's passport, voter registration cards and other biographical materials.  My medium shifts between digital print, silkscreen and woodcuts, a medium initially meant for multiples and mass produced art. Instead of making editions of the same work, I choose make every piece unique, attempting to defy the mediums intention. In hommage to the solemn factory worker.

EDUCATION

Masters in Fine Arts: Painting

Lehman College of New York

Masters in Library Sciences

Queens College of New York


Bachelor of Arts. Printmaking

City College Of New York


EXHIBITIONS


2019 Women, Cis and Trans Artists In Response to Politics Today, Bronx Art Space

Bronx, NY


2018 Lehman MFA Thesis Show, Lehman Art Gallery

Bronx, NY


2018 Home Edition, Essex Flowers Gallery

New York, NY


2018 Puro Color, La Bodega Gallery

Brooklyn. NY


2018 Cut and Paste,(2 person show) Rio Gallery

New York, NY


2018 Muddied, Art Benefit for Puerto Rico: Rio II Gallery

New York NY


2017 Uprise Angry Women: The Untitled Space

New York, NY


2016    September Archive: Field Projects Gallery (Online Based)

New York, NY


2016    Grand Salon Show of 2016

Greenpoint Gallery

Brooklyn, NY


2016 Backstage: Studies of Solitude

Rockwall Studios:Asian American Women’s Society

Brooklyn, NY


2014-2015    I found god in myself: Multi-gallery exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking choreopoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.

The Sol Studio

New York, NY


2013    Debajo del Mantel:(Under the tablecloth/doily): Solo Show

Da Urban Butterflies

New York, NY


2013    Freedom Now-An Art:the journey of three cultures: African American, Dominican, & Haitian and our determination to fight for freedom and equality.

Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Building

New York, NY


2012    Casa Frela:HAWT

EmcArts Inc.

New York, NY


2010    Body and Soul

Delaware Valley Arts Alliance

Narrowsburg, NY


2009    Elephants and Candy

New Century Artist Gallery

New York, NY


2007    CCNY B. A Identity As An Artist.

Baskerville Building

City College of New York


2006    City College Women Make Art,

Archives and Special Collections division of the Cohen Library.

City College of New York.


AWARDS


2006    Kaye Scholars Award,

City College of New York. New York, NY


2006    Connor Award Competition in Outstanding Achievement in Art First Place Winner,

City College of New York. New York, NY


2005    Connor Award Competition in Outstanding Achievement in Art Second Place Winner,

City College of New York. New York, NY


MEDIA


2014 Lee, Felicia “Schomburg Center Plans Exhibition on ‘For Colored Girls’”

Arts Beat NY Times, September 8, 2014


2007    Promethean Arts Literary Journal: 2007 Front Cover,

City College of New York. New York, NY


2006    Macdonald, Charles "Cohen Library Exhibit:

CCNY Artists Celebrate Women's History Month"

The Campus, City College of New York, April 10, 2006.