Aya Rodriguez-Izumi

I’m an interdisciplinary artist and educator who’s practice intersects multi-sensory art, narrative history and community engagement to explore ritual retention, cultural identity and histories that risk erasure. I was born in Okinawa, Japan, and was raised between that island and East Harlem. My projects blend installation, video, sound, sculpture, and social engagement to present scenarios for audiences to question themes of occupation, demilitarization, traditions and how they are forced to adapt for survival. I use everyday materials that are around me like chain link fencing, goods from dollar stores, garments, tools of self care, oral history and field recordings to share stories that need visibility while inviting viewers to interact.