Ana Priscila Rodriguez
Born in Mexico City, 1974.
Resides in The Netherlands since 1998.
Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Utrecht (HKU) in 2006 with a specialty in Mixed Media and Photography. She has background studies in History and Graphic Design.
My art is born from the need to give a voice to retained memories and moments in life.
The concept of Time is an essential element within the contents of my work, it is all about a long lost past, lost sadness, lost loves, lost faces, images and sensations that are asking for a physical space in this present world, they are asking for colour, shape, texture, taste... they are asking for life. My mission is to provide to these silent stories a voice and a body, allowing them to become a part of my present, visible world, and therefore, providing them from the opportunity to go on in real time, with a new shape and a new purpose. They become eloquent stories and even fairytales.
Mixed media and Photographic Technique
I discovered the magic of the old photographs left behind in flea markets, which I started collecting more than a decade ago and they soon became one of the most important source of inspiration. The materials I use can be very diverse. Since recently I have discovered the magic and the amazing spiritual awareness that comes when making art from my own life and my own life experiences for which I create my own conceptual self portrait photography and I transform those images using a variety of techniques and mediums until they lose their contextual shape, becoming in such way a new "ghost" of that image I desire to materialize.
My work builds itself on layers of different materials, this is how I have developed my own technique which I call: “faux tintype”, with this technique I aim to recreate the simulation of metallic structure using transparent foil and different chemicals. It is important for me to create texture and a sense of "tangibility" to the images. Like small windows to a small story. The result of that story is up to the viewer, it is like filling in the lines but through their experience and sensations. In this way my art becomes a direct line of communication through empathy and imagination.