Book artist and print-maker, Kay Rodriques, uses bookmaking and hand printing to express ideas and ask questions about our place in the world. Her careful use of text and original artworks combine to make each of her books a creative/artistic physical object as well as affordable art that is meant to be held, touched, interacted with and enjoyed. Her first book in her “Jamaica Series,” is A Saltfish Tale, which made its debut at the Bay Area Book Fair in Berkeley on May 4-5, 2019.
Broadsides of each book is also available. Each one includes the complete text of the book and one hand-printed artwork.
I used to live in Jamaica. Now I live in California. Here I draw, paint and create handmade prints and artist's books, mostly based on my memories of Jamaica. Currently I am working on my first American tale, an artist's book called, For Jimmie, and for Marcus and also on several Jamaican stories including, New Monklands and Beyond.
I use many different mediums, such as clay, woodblocks, watercolors and recently have gotten back into using oils. Why? Because they are so expressive and there are so many different mediums that you can mix into them to give your marks and brush strokes different feelings and moods. Mark making is an important part of my work and so you will rarely see a satin finish type of work in my repertoire. But you never know! I keep experimenting and experimenting because I like discovering new and old media.
I enjoy hiking in my spare time and many of my pieces are directly influenced by these hikes and nature. I love recreating plants and wildlife in my work. You will also find some imaginary scenes too, like the hare in my logo -- she plays the flute.
Recurring themes in my work include the built environment, community and place, and memory and personal history. I also enjoy hiking in cities, big and small.