Kathryn Rodrigues was born in Georgia to a military family and within weeks was on the move to her family's next destination. Her family moved to 10 different locations within the next 13 years, including Brazil, Mozambique, Portugal and Germany, before finally settling in Illinois. Kathryn received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Art Education from the Massachusetts College of Art. She is currently a teaching artist in Chicago.
My work is both an investigation of, and a reflection on, the collection of experiences and memories that shape my identity. By the time I was beginning high school, my family had moved ten times. This transient lifestyle left me with a deep interest in geography, travel, landscapes, architecture and cultural identity. I see maps as being the intersection of these subjects. They are able to reflect both home and abroad, the known and unknown, separation and closeness, belonging and longing. It is precisely this ambiguity that intrigues me. By referencing both visual and symbolic aspects of cartography, I recreate the process of investigating where I have come from, where I am going, and the ever-expanding definition of home.