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Marisol Rendon


Presented in part by Ralphs

Wobbleland is an active space for toddlers (four years and under), in which they can play with food sculptures!

Located: Upper Level

Key Materials: wood, vinyl, and foam

What is it?

A gigantic kitchen sink!

The artist has created an area that resembles a giant kitchen sink and filled it with oversized soft food sculptures. Infants and toddlers, 4 and under, have exclusive reign in Wobbleland, where they can make creative discoveries, such as an avocado teeter totter, slices of a giant tomato, crawl through a cheese wedge, and so much more. Each sculpture presents challenges such as stacking, spinning, sorting and rocking and invites its young audience to explore. Toddlers use play to understand the world around them and develop important skills as they interact with each food sculpture.

What will I do when I get there?

  • Pretend and play with the oversized food structures.
  • Encourage your toddler to work alone or with a partner to discover all that s/he can do to exercise gross motor, fine motor, balance, and cognitive skills.
  • Use verbal skills to name the fruits and vegetables.

Who made this?

Marisol Rendon is an artist who works with both sculpture and drawing as tools to explore her questions about our relationship to the world around us. She works with the magical possibilities of everyday objects and asks us to rethink our relationships with them through fantastic new opportunities: an avocado wedge that can be ridden as a teeter totter or giant tomato slices that are also a stackable puzzle. Marisol is particularly interested in creating work for toddlers to stimulate the fluid and creative ways that they observe and define objects.

Marisol received her M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University in 2003 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA. Marisol has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Art of Pereira in Colombia, the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, CA and the Caldas Museum of Art in Columbia, in addition to participating in group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the Market Gallery in Los Angeles.

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What can I do at home?

To extend your museum experience, try the following activities at home.

Creative Action

  • Collect some fruit and vegetables and create sculptures out of them. Help your toddler by cutting the food into interesting shapes and use toothpicks to connect pieces together.

Creative Play

  • Marisol Rendon’s toddler art gallery lets little ones play with food-shaped soft sculptures to develop gross motor, fine motor, balance and cognitive skills. Are there things around your home that you can repurpose into exploratory play? For example, the cushions from a couch could be stacked to build a tunnel to crawl through.