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Cristina Lei Rodriguez

American, b. 1974

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Cristina Lei Rodriguez

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American, b. 1974

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Cristina Lei Rodriguez is known for making richly textured sculptures from hardened, resin-coated plastic and textile materials. Inspired by the nearly tropical climate of her native Miami, Rodriguez covered the large tree-like assemblages in her 2007 “Overrun” series with artificial foliage and metallic paint, evoking an out-of-control tropical forest. The surrounding urban environment also figures in Rodriguez’s work, as evidenced by Abandoned (2007), a diorama depicting a mound of brushwood on a foam base reminiscent of the oil- and garbage-strewn grasslands around Miami. “This antithetic sense that prevails in her work,” critic Janet Batet wrote, “may be summarized by the following dialogical pairs: organic forms versus geometric forms; natural element versus synthetic element; abstract character versus referential sense; macro versus micro scale; glamour versus decadence; creation versus destruction.”

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Biography

Cristina Lei Rodriguez is known for making richly textured sculptures from hardened, resin-coated plastic and textile materials. Inspired by the nearly tropical climate of her native Miami, Rodriguez covered the large tree-like assemblages in her 2007 “Overrun” series with artificial foliage and metallic paint, evoking an out-of-control tropical forest. The surrounding urban environment also figures in Rodriguez’s work, as evidenced by Abandoned (2007), a diorama depicting a mound of brushwood on a foam base reminiscent of the oil- and garbage-strewn grasslands around Miami. “This antithetic sense that prevails in her work,” critic Janet Batet wrote, “may be summarized by the following dialogical pairs: organic forms versus geometric forms; natural element versus synthetic element; abstract character versus referential sense; macro versus micro scale; glamour versus decadence; creation versus destruction.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Serpentine Galleries, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Sculpture Magazine