Reggie Michael Rodrigue was born in Mathews, Louisiana on June 3, 1974. He was raised on Bayou Lafourche in the small town of Cut Off, Louisiana which is about a forty-five minute drive north of the Gulf of Mexico. He received a Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1996. After a few years, he returned to my alma mater to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts with a concentration in Painting and graduated in 2002. He is currently living in Lafayette, Louisiana and growing his art career, which encompasses making art, curating and arts writing for his own blog: www.louisianaesthetic.com, the digital arts journal www.pelicanbomb.com and The Oxford American.
My mission as an artist is to create provocative, contemporary art with a psychedelic, baroque edge that speak to the complex, schizophrenic, and accelerated pace of our time, yet give the viewer a glimpse into one singular, eternal moment through the static nature of painting, drawing, digital images and sculpture. My art is based on the principle of polarity or dichotomous forces, bringing together disparate styles, gestures, shapes, strains of thought and feelings to create a work of art that is a totality unto itself. By doing so, my art speaks of the connectivity that exists between all things, seen and unseen. Viewing my art gives the audience a sense of being at the threshold between two worlds – the macrocosm and the microcosm. This threshold is the point of infinite possibility in the universe, from which all things emanate. In many ways, I draw parallels between this threshold point and the ever-abundant Louisiana landscape, and I believe that this landscape has had a deep impact on the complex look of my artwork. My hope is that my viewers can appreciate the depth, mystery and humor of life and the universe through my work.
from “The Monster Tales” by Mary Jett Parsley, produced by the Wanderlust Theatre Company, photo by Leah Graeff
Jarin Schexnider, a Lafayette native, is a graduate of Bennington College where she received her BA in writing and directing for the stage. As a writer, director, and actor, her work is heavily influenced by mental and physical collaboration with the self and other artists. Her written work utilizes elements of dance, physical theatre, intense people watching, and using character development through improv as creative resources.
Her most recently written play, We All Do, was accepted into the Stone Soup Theatre’s Double (XX) Fest in Seattle, WA. as well as produced in Lafayette by the Wanderlust Theatre Company. She is currently working with local artists to improvisationally adapt Emily Thibodeaux’s short story, “New,” into a stage play which will be produced this spring.
Photo of Jarin Schexnider’s directorial work, taken by Gwen Aucoin
English professor and poet, Rhonda D. Robison, was born with the sun in Cancer, moon in Scorpio, and Pisces rising, which explains a lot about her poetic style, despite the precession of equinoxes. With such a watery grand trine in her blueprint, it should come as no surprise that Rdr.’s poems are rather dreamy and follow chains of associations. Of course, the fact that her Ph.D. includes a focus in psychoanalytic theory could factor into her associative style as well. Only Rhonda’s cats really know. Her work has been published in journals, in chapbooks, on film, and in her book, Ragbag, which was released by nous-Zot Press in 2011. When Rdr. is not teaching English courses at UL Lafayette, she is likely doing volunteer work for Festival International de Louisiane, where she serves on the Board of Directors, or she might be editing photographs for her online business, Rdr. Creative. Otherwise, she can likely be found pursuing another of her academic specialty areas: Play! Whether dining out with her partner, Ish, or whipping up a kitchen experiment of her own, whether water-coloring a non-dominant hand painting, whether jazzing up a poem or a Facebook status, or whether shooting photographs in her role as production photographer for Festival International, for Rdr., play’s the thing!
Check out her reading at the Acadiana Center for the Arts as part of 100 Thousand Poets for Change, in Lafayette, Louisiana, September 29th, 2011: