Rituals of An Ancestral Romance

Rituals of An Ancestral Romance

In search of self-identity the artist gathers the narrative of her family through stories passed down from one generation to another. As all that is unknown and not experienced at first hand is romanticize, the artist creates a mystical environment for her ancestors. Rodriguez leaves it up to memory to recreate the faces, voices, and each aura of these individual. She imagines them with birds like features wrapped around in gold skin.

The Dominican Republic has a record for misspelling individual’s names in their birth certificate and occasionally on their tombstones. Numerous Dominicans find it difficult to trace back their history, falling into a man haunt for self-discovery. Rodriguez represents those Dominican in search of answers. This is evident in her series “Rituals of an Ancestral Romance.”

Photo Credit: Melanie Gonzalez Art