Join us for a virtual studio visit and artist talk with JTHAR solo resident and Alma Ruiz Fellow Sandy Rodriguez on Zoom on Wednesday May 27, 2020 at 2PM
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Sandy Rodriguez is a Los Angeles-based painter. Her work investigates the methods and materials of painting across cultures and histories. Her ongoing series Codex Rodriguez-Mondragon is made up of a collection of maps and specimen paintings about the intersections of history, social memory, contemporary politics, and cultural production. Sandy’s creative process synthesizes interdisciplinary research – especially historical and ethnobotanical investigations – with the urgency of the current human rights crisis in the United States, particularly as it impacts Latina/o communities on both sides of the US-Mexico Border.
During her JTHAR residency, Sandy continues her research into new territories engaging with the Joshua Tree area of the Mojave desert. Based on these findings she created a series of landscapes, star maps and studies of native plants using colorants and mineral pigments that are hand-processed into inks and watercolors. The recuperation of Indigenous knowledge systems was crucial to her project, with special emphasis on understanding plant use and recovering paint and pigment recipes. Recovering the medicinal and esthetic uses of local plants and pigments enables her work to provide a space of healing and visual possibilities for current and historical traumas. Artist website: www.studiosandyrodriguez.com
Read more about her work: Hyperallergic, LA Times and IMM Print. Listen to Sandy’s interview with Babelito on Latinos Who Lunch podcast.
Shout out to our 2014 resident Saul Melman and thank you Dieu Donné for the uplifting message. A note from John Shorb, Executive Director at Dieu Donné
"On behalf of the staff and community here at Dieu Donné, we would like to take this time to publicly express our endless gratitude to Saul Melman, Workspace Resident 2013, for his dedication as an emergency room doctor during this pandemic. Melman has been an important part of our Dieu Donné community since his residency in our studios. It is no surprise that we find him on the front lines of this health crisis, with a smile, ready to fight on our behalf.
Saving lives, let alone in such dire circumstances, takes true strength, creativity, and courage. Bridging his medical and creative practices, Melman recently completed an exciting new diptych (developed for a radiology waiting room at NYU Langone) in our professional studios. To learn more about Melman’s recent project and to learn more about his work, please click here.
Thank you, Saul—and all healthcare professionals and essential workers—for your hard work, dedication, and positive spirit during this crisis."