silent hare studios

silent hare studios (California, U.S.A.)

Running in the Cane Piece, from the Jamaica Series

My handmade artist's book, My Grandfather Is A Lime Tree, is now available. It is in two parts. Here is part one.

Handmade Limited Edition Artist's Books

From the Artist's, "Jamaica Series"

 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.


You can view excerpts from book 2, "My Grandfather is a Lime Tree" published in 2019/2020 here.


Text from "A Saltfish Tale"


I.

A Silent Hare Tale                                   II.  Across the kala paini

                                                                                 They took

In the beginning                                              Took

There was a boat                                            Took

There were many                                           Us

Boats

Boats                                                                    Into deep blues and greens

Boats                                                                    Into the Caribbean

                                                                                 Where imported saltfish

                                                                                 Was the only protein I had

                                                                                 Was the only protein I had

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About Me

My Background

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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.

My Medium

Pinacoteca in a field at Djerassi

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.

My Inspiration

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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.

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