My work reflects 20 years of dedication to the study of the human figure. I consider the human body a gift to be admired with awe and respect. I like to imagine the figure as a beautiful landscape, to be appreciated for all its peaks, slopes and valleys. Yet, the human body offers something much more precious than the most breathtaking of landscapes, a soul and a mind. The soul is our essence and the mind is the dwelling of countless concepts and boundless emotions. Understanding this powerful relationship between form and soul is a key aspect of my work.
My core belief is that we are so complex physically and mentally that the discipline of mastering human anatomy provides us with the most solid foundation for all visual arts. This traditional approach has allowed me to render accurate commissions, expressive portraitures, as well as more abstract and conceptual forms of art.
My materials of choice are plasticine or clay later cast in bronze, as well as one-of-a-kind stone carvings executed in marble or alabaster. When I draw portraits I use only the best paper, artist varnish, pastels and graphite pencils available. My belief is simple, I won't sign any work that I don't feel I have given it my absolute best.
My approach to each commission is very individual and organic. I appreciate human interaction hence, I welcome my clients/collectors to call me and discuss their individual needs and expectations. When I design outdoor artwork I do extensive research on the subject and the installation site itself. I take into consideration its surrounding architecture and natural resources. Through critical thinking and personal interpretation, I create an appropriate and aesthetic design specific to the site's unique surroundings and visitors. I strive to create work that is interactive, sensitive and timeless.
I believe only when the blending of our intellect and intuition, anatomical knowledge and artistic perception, vulnerability and courage occur will the artist experience that "je ne sais quoi" or "being in the zone." This is a most unique and rewarding feeling, which in spite of all the external opposing forces, gives us the strength to continue walking the path of creativity.
Ms. Rodriguez giving a sculpture demonstration at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, CA