551 Tremont Street – BCA Studio #302
Boston, MA 02116
Allison Maria Rodriguez is a Cuban-American interdisciplinary artist working predominately in new media and video installation. She creates immersive experiential spaces that challenge conventional ways of knowing and understanding the world. Her work focuses extensively on climate change, species extinction and the interconnectivity of existence. Through video, performance, digital animation, photography, drawing, collage and installation, Rodriguez merges and blends mediums to create new pictorial spaces for the viewer to explore aesthetically, emotionally and conceptually. She strives to find unique ways of thinking about our relationship to the earth – such as envisioning the earth as a brain experiencing climate change as trauma in “Wish You Were Here: Greetings from the Galápagos”, or by linking the ecological loss of extinct species to the personal cultural loss of her deceased Cuban ancestors in “In the Presence of Absence”.
Rodriguez’s work has been exhibited internationally, throughout the country and extensively in the New England area. In 2018 she had solo exhibitions at the Boston Children’s Museum and the Dorchester Art Project. Some of her most recent projects include several large-scale public art video installations commissioned by Boston Cyberarts and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. She is a core artist at Fountain Street Gallery in SoWA Boston.
Rodriguez’s work has recently been supported by grants from The CreateWell Fund, the Boston Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Arlington Cultural Council, The Archie D. & Bertha H. Walker Foundation and Assets for Artists. Rodriguez is the winner of the 2017 Creative Climate Awards grand prize, sponsored by The Human Impacts Institute, for her video installation “Wish You Were Here: Greetings from the Galápagos”. She was also recently awarded a 2018 Earthwatch Communications Fellowship for a residency at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre to work on their “Climate Change at the Arctic’s Edge” project.
Rodriguez has been an Artist-in-Residence at The Studios at MASS MoCA at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Arts Letters & Numbers, The Wassaic Project, the Dorchester Art Project (inaugural resident), the Ragdale Foundation and the Churchill Northern Studies Centre in Manitoba. She is also a local independent curator and an educator. Rodriguez received her MFA from Tufts University/The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.