Non-Autobiographical Self Portrait

Non-Autobiographical Self-Portrait
Allison Maria Rodriguez
color video, 2008

Artist Statement

This piece exists as a short story written by the artist choreographed along with a compilation of imagery extracted from the internet –aside from three self-portraits of the artist.  It attempts to chronicle a relationship, a relationship between two people and a relationship with oneself, through an assortment of landscape imagery.  The piece explores the notion of the availability of internet imagery in relation to the formation of some sort of collective unconscious experience of place generated through a constantly growing system of imagery-exchange.  Landscape is therefore both real and virtual, private and communal, familiar and exotic, known and unknown.  The ever-expanding technology of cyberspace is fore grounded in the piece as a medium via which traditional notions of biography and self-portrait are blurred.  It suggests an in-between space where self and other converge through an alternative form of knowledge.


  • Non-Autobiographical Self Portrait was on exhibit April 4th – 28th, 2008 at the New England Gallery for Latin American Art as part of the group show “Mezcla:  A Multi-Media Exhibition  of Six Latin American Emerging Artists” in East Boston, MA.
  • Non-Autobiographical Self Portrait screened on August 8th, 2008 as part of “Electric Shadows:  An Experimental Film Festival” at Axiom Gallery for New and Experimental Media in Jamaica Plain, MA.
  • Non-Autobiographical Self Portrait screened in the juried “SMFA Film Annual” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Remis Auditorium, Spring 2008.
  • Non-Autobiographical Self Portrait screened in the juried group show “I was just looking for a pot of gold . . “, Weems Gallery, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Spring 2008.