Unedited conversations between artist in a productive critique  discovering  thesis and processes behind the work.








JULY 2016



For July, artists Bert Rodriquez, Marilyn Rondon, and  Caitlin Rose Sweet discuss their practice with Olivia Ramos.

Bert Rodriguez

Before The Story Ends, 2016

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Sweet in conversation with Ramos

Caitlin Rose Sweet

Snake In The Grass, 2016


Rondon in conversation with Ramos

Marilyn Rondon

Why Does Mommy Have Tattoos?

Book, 2016




Bert Rodriguez


On May 31, 1980, Norberto created Bert Rodriguez, the late artist and composer who worked with a wide range of media, and genres, including installation, performance, photography, sculpture, film, video, sound, pizza and tenderness. Recently, Norberto shepherded Bert in letting go of all gallery representation in order to explore a new, more immersive, culturally accessible model for how Art is defined, distributed, consumed and appreciated. On May 31, 2016, Norberto, the underlying guide, director and creator of Bert’s life, re-emerged to claim the life he had created as an entire work of art, 40 years in the making.




Caitlin Rose Sweet


Caitlin Rose Sweet explores the intersections between craft, queerness, and pop culture to position queerness as a site for incessant transformation and possibilities. Her playful work resists assimilation and mastery through an intentional disinvestment in finished work and proper use of materials. Sweet has shown internationally from Portland Or, to San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and Berlin. This includes such exhibitions as Mix 26 (NY 2013), Craftivism (NY 2013), Invisible Landscapes (PDX 2014), and Words as Objects(PDX 2014). Sweet received her MFA in Applied Craft and Design from PNCA/OCAC in 2014 and lives in Brooklyn.




Marilyn Rondon


Marilyn is a self-made Venezuelan queen with a tatted crown to match, a master of all things creative and of keeping it all the way 100. Since beginning her artistic journey at a design high school in Miami, Rondon has followed her heart and affinity for adventure and authenticity into a layered career involving 35mm photography, zine production, paint, installations, modeling, and writing. The content of Marilyn’s work is as impressive and varied as her mediums, spanning intentions from self expression to broader social commentaries. In her zine and installation work, Marilyn repurposes documentation of her own lived experiences in the name of personal growth, while simultaneously provoking conversations around internet culture, sexual commodification, abusive relationships, and mental illness.