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Jenna Rodriguez

ARTIST BIO
JENNA RODRIGUEZ is currently the Victor Hammer Fellow at The Book Arts Center at Wells College in Aurora, New York. She is teaching a variety of bookbinding classes and will being teaching papermaking in the fall semester. Papermaking is new to the program and in conjunction with this new class; she is transforming a greenhouse attached to the Books Arts Center into a papermaking garden/lab.

She is originally from Virginia where she received her BFA in Printmaking at Old Dominion University. This was where she experienced her first letterpress class and found a life-long love. Under Professor Ken Daley's tutelage, her craft and skill took shape in all areas of printing. Jenna continued her studies at Columbia College Chicago where she received an MFA in the Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts program. She was a print production fellow for two years at the Center for Book and Paper Arts where she assisted Brad Freeman in the production of the Journal of Artist Books (JAB). She taught letterpress printing at Spudnik Press in Chicago and Columbia College Chicago.

Jenna’s work explores the public and private experience of social engagement: she collaborates with strangers in the public sphere to create work that makes visible the invisible to inspire self-reflection, thoughts, and human connection. As an interdisciplinary artist, her work focuses on generating text through public research. This includes many elements and mediums that explore the materiality of language: sound, new media, typography, handmade books, and printmaking. Through the use of language and social engagement in the public sphere, she explores everyday life, which opens a dialogue, allowing her to investigate different avenues to create narratives. She seeks to give our private thoughts a voice, and our public thoughts an amplifier. By giving them a voice, it empowers their creators and allows us to stop, listen, enjoy and realize that everyone, all around us, drinks from the same cup of humanness. She does not want to manipulate the public but she is interested in documenting them as a work of art. She considers herself a collector, observer, and artist.


ARTIST'S WORK

           
Extinct


                
Life in the Driver's Seat

 

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Running Thoughts                                                                                               Pearls (one print from a series) 






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