Memorials Pilgrimage

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My work as an artist and sculptor is informed by memorialization, religion, time, and ancestries. For years, I’ve studied iconic ancient works but only from afar and in pictures. Now I have a chance to research and work with them in person through this self-organized Memorials Pilgrimage.


About This Project

For the past four years, I have been working on a sculpture series called Ephemeral Memorials, which draws upon my cultural origins in Mexico and continuing interests in commemoration and the endless process of becoming. Ancient figurative sculpture has always been a powerful source of inspiration and knowledge for me. I’ve longed for an opportunity to see and work with these objects in person, but most are housed within distant museums or collections. Travel or research grants are very difficult to obtain, so I decided to organize my own pilgrimage that will consist of a structured itinerary of museum visits, archival research, and artmaking that will push my practice and this series forward.

With the support of this campaign, I am asking my community of supporters and patrons to help me make this journey. To show my gratitude and share my progress, all donors will receive access to a dedicated travel journal that I will update along the way containing photos, reflections, and more. 

Over a period of 8 weeks, I plan to visit the following sculptures and sites: 

  • Woman of Willendorf (Venus of Willendorf). 25,000 years old. Naturhistorisches Museum; Vienna, Austria
  • Venus of Dolní Vestonice. 29,000-25,000 BC. Moravske Museum; Brno, Czech Republic
  • Lion Man. 40,000 years old. Ulm Museum; Ulm, Germany
  • Venus of Hohle Fels. 35,000 years old; Urgeschichtliches Museum Blaubeuren; Blaubeuren, Germany

During the trip, I will make sketches and small sculptures that will be further developed into a complete body of work in the months after I return home. Donors will receive early notice of new works and an anticipated exhibition in the future. Thank you for your support.

Thank yous

Contribute any amount or choose from the levels below.

  • $25
    Personal thank you on social media ($25.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $50
    Above, plus access to a new entry from my travel journal sent to you privately every week ($50.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $75
    Above, plus a 1-hour virtual drawing class led by Rodrigo ($25.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $100
    Above, plus a copy of the artist catalogue “Memorials” (160 pp, Calygrama, 2017) ($10.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $200
    A digital print (1 of 30) signed by Rodrigo, plus the “Memorials” catalogue and access to the travel journal ($80.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $350
    An original drawing signed by Rodrigo, plus the “Memorials” catalogue and access to the travel journal ($150.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $500
    Above, plus a studio visit with Rodrigo ($250.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $750
    An original relief sculpture (1 of 25), plus the “Memorials” catalogue and access to the travel journal ($400.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $1500
    An original small sculpture signed by Rodrigo, plus the “Memorials” catalogue and access to the travel journal ($900.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $3500
    An original medium sculpture signed by Rodrigo, plus the “Memorials” catalogue and access to the travel journal ($2000.00 is tax deductible.)




Rodrigo Lara

Make a Wave Artist

Rodrigo Lara is a multidisciplinary artist born in Mexico. He received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2013 and a BFA from the Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico (2003). Lara has had solo …

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