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LIZ RODDA


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LIZ RODDA

My work is the result of considering the formal and ideological qualities of bodily experience. I see the world through the lens of PTSD, incurred as a teen, followed by a chronic illness diagnosis years later. I think of my body’s reactions—hypervigilance, fatigue, rapid heartbeat, blurred vision— as performative and creative acts of defiance to the contemporary world. If we think of the body as a source of knowledge, a sensory input that directs thoughts and feelings, I wonder how thoughts are shaped by bodies that attack and destroy life sustaining cells and/or perform in ways that resemble a kind of Freudian death drive. I like reflecting on the absurdity and grotesque humor of bodies—particularly in the context of capitalist systems that value cleanliness and productivity over messiness and repose. Aside from this, parts of my body have literally been sculpted by reconstructive surgeons across the U.S. At times I think of myself as the result of aesthetic and function-giving decisions made by those at the top of the medical field—a kind of mosaic, a walking sculpture, a Frankenstein. In this sense, I am the work—the sum of cultural ideas of normalcy and what is possible in the face of scar tissue, embedded glass, and the physical impression of a Mercedes Benz. The work doesn’t end here. There is still a desire to understand and find humor. In these moments, I wonder, can an accident/trauma be equated with a spiritual experience? And can a spiritual experience have formal/materialist consequences? What does this look like? How can it manifest in shape, color, form?  

Liz Rodda is an Austin, TX based artist and Associate Professor at Texas State University where she founded the Expanded Media Studio Art Area, dedicated to time-based practices. Her work has been screened and exhibited in a range of spaces from museums to non-profit galleries including MOCA Miami, Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin, Ditch Projects, and the Museum of Human Achievement. Liz is also a co-programmer for Experimental Response Cinema.

lizrodda@gmail.com