One Girl’s Fantasy is a public art commission created in 2017 for Art on the Marquee, a project of Boston Cyberarts and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. It is an 80’ x 24’, seven screen outdoor video installation. The piece was designed specifically for the marquee as a celebration of the power of creativity and the imagination in overcoming traumatic experiences. Over the course of the past year, the artist has been conducting interviews with different female-identifing artists about childhood fantasies that assisted them in overcoming trauma or extreme circumstances. One Girl’s Fantasy is the first piece in a larger body of work that will explore these fantasies, highlighting their uniqueness, their commonalities, and their inherent power. Ultimately, One Girl’s Fantasy speaks to a strategy and methodology of survival activated through the power of creativity.
A Poem for Lonesome George is a poetic memorial to Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta Island tortoise species, who passed away in captivity at a research station in the Galapagos on June 24th, 2012. For over forty years George lived as the last of his kind on earth and he became an icon for conservation efforts across the globe. With his passing there is the finality of extinction. The memorial centers upon the symbolism of the Japanese cherry blossom, beautiful and fleeting, as a representation of the ephemeral. In this context the blossoms function as a reminder of the transience of existence, the fragility of the earth’s balance, and the failure of our responsibility to nature.
Allison Maria Rodriguez is a Boston-based interdisciplinary artist working predominately in video installation and new media. With themes ranging from species extinction to human migration, her work converges on a desire to understand the space within which language fails and lived experience remains unarticulated. Rodriguez’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in both traditional and non-traditional art spaces. Her most recent projects include several large-scale public art video installations commissioned by Boston Cyberarts and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. She received her MFA from Tufts University, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.