George Rodriguez debuts a collection of work exploring community as sanctuary and solace in times of transition and emotional upheaval. At the heart of Rodriguez’s work is an insistence on empathy and a vision of unity which celebrates the differences among us.
This March, George Rodriguez debuts a collection of work exploring community as sanctuary and solace in times of transition and emotional upheaval.
Rodriguez pays homage to ancient relics by making their ritual aspect not only relevant but crucial in today's increasingly divided world. At the heart of Rodriguez’s work is an insistence on empathy and a vision of unity which celebrates the differences among us. Flowers adorn guardian figures and tomb sculptures alike, creating a shared language grounded in rituals both funerary and celebratory. "They carry hope and loss, acceptance and challenge, ornament and simplicity." Rodriguez says. "It is diversity that makes things whole. My goal is to blur lines so that we can notice our differences but accept each other as one." Expanding on his studies of global culture and ceremony, Sanctuary bridges Rodriguez’s Chicano heritage with Thai, Peruvian, Bolivian, Mongolian, Egyptian, Taiwanese, and Indonesian civilization and mythology.
Recently Rodriguez received the Museum of Northwest Art's Luminaries - Patti Warashina Award for Emerging Artists and exhibited work at MoNA's 2016 exhibition Beyond Aztlán: Mexican and Chicana/o Artists in the Pacific Northwest. This fall, his work was acquired by Chicago’s National Mexican Museum of Art and exhibited in their annual Day of the Dead exhibition, #30 Dia de los Muertos: Journey of the Soul. In March, he will be participating in Pottery Northwest's 50 year anniversary exhibition during the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in Portland, Oregon. Although a Texas-native, Rodriguez graduated from the MFA program at the University of Washington and continues to call Seattle home.