My work explores themes of time, memory, and psychological relationships that we develop with transient possessions and environment. The scarf I purchased while visiting family in Israel has embedded fond memories I have attached to that moment of time. I use photographs from my family’s photo album and personal imagery to reflect on the associations I’ve created in connection with these memories. My father used to decorate our home with weaving house plants, appearing often in my images, and representing a feeling of comfort.
The analog processes of photography and printmaking best relate to my practice because of their use of the impression. The impression of capturing a moment and the physical impression beween plate to paper as it runs through the press. Similar to the neural pathway of cognitive thinking – one thought leading to another – prints are produced by taking thought to drawing to plate until it’s final state of the image on paper. Our impermanence of material items and ability to remember memories waver and morph, influencing our perception of these same, objects and spaces, and thus ultimately ourselves.
May Roded is a first generation Israeli-American printmaker and photographer living in Long Beach, CA. In 2017 May received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking at California State University, Long Beach. She currently teaches printmaking courses at Loyola Marymount University and printmaking workshops at Josephine Press in Santa Monica, CA. Recent exhibitions include “All Media” at Irvine Fine Arts Center, in Irvine, California “Coming Together” at Long Beach Creative Group, in Long Beach, CA. May works out of her studio at the Artists Co Op in Long Beach, CA.