Issay Rodriguez (b. 1991, Philippines) obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, and was awarded the Outstanding Thesis Award upon graduation in 2013. She has studied as an exchange scholar at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Aside from exhibiting in Paris and various Asian cities, Rodriguez has shown work at Viva Arte Viva at the Central Pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. Throughout 2018, she conducted an artist residency with Bellas Artes Projects in Bataan, Philippines which strongly influenced her practice today around honey bees and its social, ethological, and spiritual implications.
Rodriguez’s portfolio of artworks allude to multiple tactile forms that contrast with life’s daily dose of technology mixed with the burgeoning post-human. The heart of her work stems from connecting gaps and fragments of thought, memory and feelings through inward investigations that allow her to think about one’s lived experience in image and object production. She imbeds narratives extracted from archival research as well as non-digital human interactions. Rodriguez works towards new configurations in the form of tactile and sensory, at times participatory, art projects in this age of fascination for the instantaneous but distressing world filled with optical pleasure.