The video and paintings comprising Star Child were made during the summer and fall of 2018 while reflecting on divorce, sex, music, and mothers. In Bard’s Inn, the artist and her mother set out on a road trip, but never leave the Shakespeare-themed hotel grounds. Travel is psychological; the two women discuss aging, stardom, and Tinder. Created in response to found and collected snapshots and videos from the 80's and 90s, the paintings are the result of a rapid mark-making technique in which familiar forms, such as eyes and butts, appear in ambiguous spaces. Cumulatively, the works in Star Child continue Rodda's practice of collecting, manipulating, and reframing material to build psychological tension, humor, and states of disassociation.
Liz Rodda is an Austin-based artist and Associate Professor in the School of Art & Design at Texas State University where she founded the Expanded Media studio discipline, dedicated to time-based practices. Recently her work has been included in screenings and exhibitions at institutions such as Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Colombia; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA; Artpace, San Antonio, TX; and the Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY.