Since 2002 Raquel Rabinovich has been sourcing mud from the beds of various rivers across the globe to produce her ongoing series of River Library drawings. Binding mud to handmade paper, the artist is drawn to the way this global material naturally accumulates in layers and to the medium itself which has been used as a vehicle for inscription for thousands of years.
The thirty four River Library works that were exhibited at Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Campus Library are collectively titled Excerpts, highlighting the selective nature of this culling from the hundreds of River Library drawings Rabinovich has been making over the past fifteen years.
Raquel Rabinovich is a contemporary artist working in a wide variety of media, including drawing, collage, painting, sculpture and installation. Born in Argentina in 1929, she has lived and worked in the United States since 1967, currently in upstate New York. She has been exhibiting in the Americas and Europe since 1953, and was the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including the 2011-12 Lee Krasner Award for Lifetime Achievement from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation. She is also included in the Oral History Program of the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art.
Her recent and current work includes two series: Emergences and River Library. Emergences are site-specific stone sculpture installations created along the shores of the Hudson River that become concealed and revealed with the rising and falling of the river tides. River Library is a series of drawings made with mud from various rivers from around the world.