[exhibit] Más Te Vale Arte by Antonia Rodriguez Reception // Vallejo

[exhibit] Más Te Vale Arte by Antonia Rodriguez Reception // Vallejo

May 11th 6pm-9pm
Artist Talk @ 8pm

El Comalito Collective Cultural Arts Center
302 Georgia St, Vallejo, California 94590

 

 

Four year ago, my daughter started playing with playdough and asked me for help when she became frustrated with something she was struggling to make. I remember thinking to myself that I wasn’t sure how much help I would be, but that day changed my life forever.

I began to use clay as a way to heal myself from hardships by releasing the pain I was feeling through the clay sculptures. I use the dark colors to create contrast against the vibrant bright colors that represent my life and strength.

The heart is a recurring symbol in my work because when I was pregnant with my daughter, I developed a serious heart condition. I suffered from cardiac arrests throughout my pregnancy and was told by my doctor that I ran the risk of having a heart attack during labor. Ever since, I have used the heart as a symbol of growth and my new life—a life of resilience, strength and empowerment.

As a proud Mexicana, I use culturally significant imagery in my work as well as the use of bright colors as a means to celebrate my life. After so many years of hardships, I have made a promise to myself to do something I love with my life. This show is that promise to myself of reclaiming my heart to live again. – Antonia Rodriguez

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Hace cuatro años, mi hija comenzó a jugar con plastilina y me pidió ayuda cuando se sintió frustrada por algo que estaba luchando por hacer. Recuerdo haber pensado que no estaba segura de cuánta ayuda sería, pero ese día cambió mi vida para siempre. Empecé a usar barro como una manera de curarme de las dificultades liberando el dolor que sentía a través de las esculturas que hacia de barro. Utilizo los colores oscuros para crear un contraste contra los vibrantes colores brillantes que representan mi vida y fuerza.

El corazón es un símbolo recurrente en mi trabajo porque cuando estaba embarazada de mi hija, desarrollé una enfermedad cardíaca grave. Sufrí paros cardíacos durante mi embarazo y mi médico me dijo que corría el riesgo de tener un ataque al corazón durante el parto. Desde entonces, he usado el corazón como símbolo de crecimiento y mi nueva vida: una vida de resistencia fuerza y ​​empoderamiento.

Como una orgullosa Mexicana, utilizo imágenes culturalmente significativas en mi trabajo, así como el uso de colores brillantes como un medio para celebrar mi vida. Después de tantos años de dificultades, me hice una promesa de hacer algo que amo con mi vida. Esta exhibición es esa promesa para mí de reclamar mi corazón para vivir de nuevo. – Antonia Rodriguez

About the artist: Toni Rodriguez
Antonia Rodriguez is a self taught mixed media artist raised in Oakland California. As Rodriguez began to experiment with clay, her first designs were sports logos and Frida Kahlo inspired images on decanters. Her work also includes creating jewelry from polymer which she combines with lava rocks or turquoise stones. For the past four years during Dia de los Muertos, Rodriguez’s work was shown at the Latino Center of Arts and Culture. She is excited to have her first solo exhibit at El Comalito Collective.

 

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