Various forms and expressions of ritual is a central element to my work. I’m interested in how communication and cultural melding inform enculturation and how common day activities can transform into ritualistic actions. I approach this theme by calling on both personal experiences from my Japanese and Puerto Rican/Cuban heritage and from social stereotypes. These themes are addressed through a range of medium - most recently the work has primarily been explored through installation and performance, however sculpture, painting, video and sound are also utilized depending on the projects needs. Through physically utilizing various media and conceptually pushing together disparate themes, I investigate the diversity of cultural expression along multiple levels: mainstream, sub-cultural and pop cultural.

Aya Rodriguez-Izumi