Artist Information for Miki Rodriguez
A cultural symbol and the intensity of heat in South Texas are part of my borderland experience. I was born and raised in Laredo, Texas and although I live in San Antonio now, Laredo and my culture are still an integral slice of my work. As I process my past and present experiences with materials in my studio, I’m able to “see” my identity as a Hispanic woman and still tell my visual story of life today.
Materials include traditional and non-traditional components, like cotton, milagritos (Mexican charms), plastic and paper towels. Additionally, I consider common and uncommon techniques such as free motion stitching, embroidery, drilling and knotting to complete my thoughts.
I am not a traditional quilter. My work is based on sandwiching multiple layers of materials and using spontaneity to drive me. I would consider it to be mixed media with an emphasis on fiber. Simultaneously, my shaped surfaces become quilt-like in their appearance and texture as I disturb the surface with free motion stitching and decorative hand stitching.
I’ve recently been interested in visually “discussing” my adventures in technology as I meander, walk and eventually run and crash into a virtual wall. My iPhone, iPad and MacBook are the basis of these momentary lapses. And so I find myself using these present day experiences as the subject of my abstractions. The shapes of my pieces are influenced by a specific experience, like the T shape in Tetris, a computer game.
The body of work that I am presently working on is a journal. My life is not unlike many who have to deal with technology and struggle to accomplish a set task. The experience just happens to filter through the eyes of a Mexican American woman from Laredo and her daily life.Images scroll down to view all
Dentro del Blogspot36"x 22"   (Within the Blogspot)
Hacker's Garden26"x 42"
Pescando Cyberspace24.5"x40"   (Catching Cyberspace)
Mi Casa Tiene Wireless17.5"x 18"   (My House Has Wireless Internet)
I Heart Tetris39.5"x 20"