Posted: April 8th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Works on Paper | No Comments »


Complex Hole, 20″ x 22″, acrylic on paper

OCDC, 26″ x 40″, acrylic on paper

Discharged, 26″ x 40″, acrylic on paper

Revival, 20″ x 26″, acrylic on paper

Mild Concussion, 26″ x 20″, acrylic on paper

Deep Dark Disco, 20″ x 26″, acrylic on paper

Carpet Stains, 20″ x 26″, acrylic on paper

Treatment Community, 20″ x 18″, acrylic on paper

Posted: April 12th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Videos | No Comments »

Slow Dazzle
Video shot in upstate NY, found/manipulated audio

Elastic (Excerpt)
Found/manipulated audio

First Freedom (Excerpt)
Found video/audio

Zoom Test (Excerpt)
Found video/audio

Death Drive (Excerpt)
Found video/audio

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Posted: April 12th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Exhibitions | Comments Off on

Video Control ReactionCurator Chad Dawkins

Video Control Reaction (April 2020– ) is an online-only exhibition created for social isolation in the time of our global pandemic. The videos collected here present a range of approaches to working with film, video, and software, and the point is to emphasize that variety. The works are presented as links to other sites. Whether you make it back or not is up to you. The exhibition will close once its over. 



New Island (center installation), Hooter’s dust & construction debris, bamboo, tropical palms, fountain, industrial fan, lights, incense, 12′ x 22′

New Island (installation detail), fountain w/homemade detox drink and Red Bull

Body Reset I, found sweat-stained t-shirt soaked in activated charcoal

Body Reset III, Hooter’s dust sealed in plaster, sneaker, grow light, seeds, underlayment

HOT ZEN ISLAND @ The Museum of Human Achievement

HOT ZEN ISLAND exists somewhere between spa, Japanese rock garden, and destruction site. The exhibition’s primary material, Hooter’s dust, was collected from the restaurant’s demolition site. The resulting sculptures and video take their cue from wellness centers, Western reimaginings of the East, and Hooters, once prominently located at the gateway to south Austin. HOT ZEN ISLAND is the result of considering a range of questions such as: what larger cultural shifts does the demolition of Hooters signify? Is obsolescence the format of progress? How does the self-care industry fit within a capitalist system? Does the term “Zen Garden,” coined by an American author, speak more to modern ideas than the Japanese gardens it purports to describe? Similarly, has “Zen” been used so broadly as to become almost meaningless? Do we link materials and ideas to mysticism to make them sexier? What mythology have we attached to Hooters and will it be immediately forgotten?

Photo documentation by Mark Menjivar







Star Child @ Ditch Projects

Created in response to found photos and video stills, the paintings in Star Child are the result of rapid mark-making in which familiar forms, such as eyes and butts, appear in ambiguous spaces. Cumulatively, the paintings and projected video, Bard’s Inn, continue a practice of collecting, manipulating, and reframing material to build psychological tension and states of disassociation. More Images of Works on Paper





Heat Loss @ W&TW

“Rodda’s Heat Loss studies this process as it pertains to the Internet, the images it contains, and the human bodies that both look at online images and are looked at through them. Always it seems a question of how fast or slow the loss of heat happens, how to maintain balance (homeostasis). It is a dynamic, and so it works a little differently than Bürger’s found object, even though it builds off those concepts. Maybe the Internet is like a body, with impulses and desires and the potential to diffuse them elsewhere.”
-Ariel Evans, PHD, UT Austin Department of Art & Art History

Essay by Ariel Evans




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Social Study @PlySpace

The videos in Social Study set disparate images and audio against one another to forge unlikely formal and thematic connections. Culled from footage shot on a phone and found online, the works are the result of an intuitive process of collecting and editing. The montages encompass a range of themes such as the natural and the artificial as well as pleasure and danger.


Everybody’s Got A Hungry Heart: American Skin, Speakers, stage, found audio of individuals rubbing their bodies with microphones

Surface Tension, video still

Advantage, basketball, palm tree trunk

Turn Your Face Toward The Sun @ Blue Star Contemporary

Turn Your Face Toward the Sun couples works by Charlie Morris and Liz Rodda and explores contemporary assemblage, subculture iconographies and vernaculars, and themes of control, desire, anxiety, power, surveillance, and subversion. Combining crafted works with found content, each artist’s interdisciplinary practice involves the act of collecting and sifting through images, videos, found objects, and more to recontextualize and focus the viewer on the unseen. Whether the content is culled via youtube or encountered on a daily walk, the viewer is given parts which illuminate underlying tensions concealed by a calm surface.”





Impressions @ David Shelton Gallery

Concussion Repercussion (middle image) consists of a mud mask, constructed to resemble those made by Asaro Mudmen, beside a lounge chair that stylistically recalls an era when many Americans learned about travel and exotic worlds through National Geographic and Playboy. In other projects, the carcinogenic but alluring nature of household materials like hair dye slip in. Painted onto posters of exotic, barren landscapes, hair dye stains the paper in a pattern that mimics a chain-link fence or a trellis. Hair appears again in the video Bob & Weave (top image), which features endlessly scrolling waves of blonde locks and Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off reduced to half speed.


Plateau, cough syrup on paper (framed images)

The Vow, yoga mat, Elizabeth Taylor’s perfume, Forever, embedded in plaster rock

Clockwise @ Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, FL

“In Clockwise, many of the projects reconfigure home and office materials such as Nyquil, perfume, and popcorn ceiling spray. Others appropriate unscientific products used in alternative health therapies such as yoga mats, magnets, and black jade. These innocuous materials become heavy with new, complicated associations as they are combined with disparate ideas and objects.”




PLANB @ Vox Populi

PLANB is a highly schematic work with a number of intersecting lines—it looks like a diagram. The work seems organized, or structured, in a way, but the title and materials suggest something else. The steel frame is covered with gorilla glue, bath salts and Himalayan crystal rock salts. Then I sprayed the whole thing down with Kilz to seal in the ingredients. There was an interesting chemical reaction between the glue and salts—it started bubbling and made this thick lumpy texture. I like using materials that we live with, like yoga mats, glue and bath salts, to dissect the world around us. In a way, the works are more about a material language than a visual language. Himalayan crystal rock salts alone are loaded—they are often marketed as a healing product. Kilz, alternatively, is used to permanently cover up stains. The piece came from a personal fixation with accidents, unexpected outcomes, quick fixes and the desire to erase personal history.” – from interview, International Sculpture Center


Posted: August 3rd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: About/Contact | No Comments »

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 and interdisciplinary practices. Recently her work has been shown in exhibitions and screenings at Ditch Projects; Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín; LA Underground Film Forum; and The Museum of Human Achievement. Recent and upcoming residencies include Wassaic (Wassaic, NY); Fountainhead (Miami, FL); La Napoule (Mandelieu-La Napoule, France). Liz is a co-programmer for Experimental Response Cinema, an Austin-based screening series devoted to artist-focused film/video works.


Selected Essays/Interviews

Heat Loss, Essay by Ariel Evans
Prickly Heat, Review
Total Body, Essay by Jennifer Stob
International Sculpture Center, Interview
A Desirable Trajectory, Essay by Shannon Fitzgerald
She Will Encounter Some Kind of Accident, Essay by Alison Hearst