Julia Reodica Awarded Rockefeller Grant!
Julia Reodica Awarded Rockefeller Grant!Date posted: 2006-07-06 14:42:00
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Troy, NY – April 18, 2006 -- Julia Reodica is a woman of many passions – medicine and art are just two of them. A graduate of the Electronic Arts MFA Program in 2004, she was awarded the New Media Fellowship from the Program for Media Artists, which is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City. Ms. Reodica will complete research and artwork based on using living materials as sculpture media for exhibition. Currently she works as an art educator and a health care provider in addition to finishing a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing.
Controversial in subject matter, the sculptures represent a specific membrane of the female anatomy that poses as proof of chastity before matrimony in certain cultures. Ms. Reodica challenges the issue of society's control over the body by mass-reproducing the membranes and incorporating her own body tissue as a living signature to each piece. The sculptures, made from scavenged animal tissue and the artist's body cells, are grown under conditions similar to that of the human body. The final pieces, posed as products to be marketed, are intended as objects of novelty. An art history book on body symbolism is also in development for this exhibition pending Summer 2007 in New York City.
"I am confronting the values of purity and gender roles in the sexual economies of traditional and modern cultures. I feel that strict surveillance of the human body impedes the progress of female status in the modern world. The sculptures and installation are to encourage discussion, introspection and re-evaluation of how people manipulate social relationships. From that, perhaps we can think of ways of equalizing the relationships in our own lives."
Ms. Reodica's work addresses the diversity in body symbolism in both traditional art and emerging biotechnology. A variety of art exhibits utilizing semi/living systems have been developed through work in art museums, scientific institutions and in recent years, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In international publications and symposiums, Ms. Reodica's views on innovative muscle tissue sculpting and the social impact of scientific research have raised new ethical and aesthetic questions about the new "body" of art.
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