Kathryn Rodrigues was born in Ft. Benning, 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. Kathryn has taught visual art courses for children and adults at Brookline High School, Massachusetts College of Art, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Marwen and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. She is currently a teaching artist at Marwen, a non-profit visual art education and youth development organization in Chicago.
My work is both an investigation of, and a reflection on, the collection of experiences and memories that have shaped my identity thus far. My transient childhood left me with a deep interest in geography, travel, landscapes 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 maps, I have recreated the process of investigating what and where I have come from, and the world as I see it today.