Born into a family of Montreal booksellers, I'm a photo-based artist working out of Toronto. My images—exhibited and published globally, and in museum collections across the world—are meditations on trauma, as seen through the experience of self, family, and memory, created using the photographic medium not as a recorder but as an agent of revelation and unveiling. This work is my memoir, testimony verging on the kind of hallucination that Céline spoke of: constructions, some shining, some terrible, and in the end more real than the experience of everyday life.
My writing comes from my life and experience as an artist. Some of the essays are about my own work, not as traditional "artist statements," but as stories and wanderings through the process and experience of actually creating the work, including the struggles and doubts. Several essays have been named as Editor's Choice pieces by Medium and, earlier, Wordpress.
From my own practice and background I've also developed an interest in deepening creative process from a practical perspective, designing workshops for sharing what I've learned with working artists, and which I've had the pleasure of teaching across the world. Some of my writing comes from that interest in the psychology of creativity.
Image above: FR (persona, no. 1), from the series Frances, ©Frank Rodick 2014.