Issay Rodriguez's practice revolves around projects that deal with themes such as humanism and ecology which sometimes touch upon sociology and anthroposophy. Through arts-based research and community engagements enabled by artist residencies and inter-disciplinary collaborations, her projects consider how thoughts, emotions, and values can be expressed or materialised through art and technology. Rodriguez's work emanates from the act of drawing as foundation, and is developed into different configurations in the form of tactile and sensory, at times participatory, projects that occupy a space between the tangible and the virtual.
During her residency at Gasworks, Rodriguez will explore and research bioacoustics derived from non-invasive beehive monitoring practices employed by beekeepers and entomologists during winter. Focusing on the unique thermoregulation of bees during this season, Rodriguez aims to listen and observe using thermal imaging and sound recording. She will use this research to develop images of adaptive biological habits and natural phenomena that resonate with the human experience during the Coronavirus pandemic of social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. Rodriguez also plans to visit the different collections and libraries of London for archival material on medieval beekeeping in the form of illuminated manuscripts, poetry, and songs.
Issay Rodriguez lives and works in Metro Manila. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of the Philippines (2013).
Recent projects and residencies include: DOON VR Project, art n/23 incubator space, (2020); B+, Bamboo Curtain Studio, Taipei (2019); VANISHING IN THE PROCESS: Exploration of Dream States and Symbolism, between LIR Space, Yogyakarta, and 98B Manila; Bellas Artes Projects in Bataan (both 2017-18); and a collaborative project for Viva Arte Viva 57th Venice Biennale (2017).
Her works were shortlisted for Fernando Zobel Visual Arts Prize (2018); awarded Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan for Visual Arts (2017).
Issay Rodriguez's residency is supported by Mercedes Zobel and she is hosted in the Outset Residency Studio.
Issay's residency also includes a virtual component developed in partnership with Tropical Papers, a platform that disseminates ideas and practices from artists working in, and with, the Tropics.