Roderick Sawyer

Roderick Sawyer is a Southside-based creative that explores the importance of language and storytelling through his art practices. On one hand, Sawyer's work involves creating video documentaries, photography publications, and editorial articles that analyze Graffiti as a complex system of communication, self-expression, and resistance. On the other hand, Sawyer focuses on creating photo-books that represent his exploration of language acquisition, dialect, and identity through the study of languages like Spanish. Sawyer ultimately seeks to explore how we view ourselves through our complex language systems, and how these systems frame our perspectives of the world and of others around us.

Sawyer completed his Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018. Since graduating, Sawyer has been an international resident of an independent photography residency with the Arquetopia Foundation in México and a Field/Work resident with Chicago Artist Coalition.

SPARK Microgrant

2019 - 2020,
Grant Recipient


2019 - 2020,
Artist Resident