We have two new signs!
Each is an original design by Rakhee Jain Desai.
Rakhee Jain Desai is an interdisciplinary artist whose work creates dialogue about the immigrant identity and belonging. Her current body of work utilizes the centuries-old, wax-resist textile technique, Batik. The combination of Batik, an Eastern textile craft, with traditionally Western mediums (encaustic, oils and acrylics) is a signature process that aptly communicates her South Asian American identity.
Rakhee has exhibited across the USA, Singapore and Portugal. She was selected as a featured artist for the Imago Mundi Benetton Foundation – representing Singapore’s contemporary art in the 21st Century & Beyond. She was the first cohort recipient of the Tempo2D program by the City of Austin Art in Public Places. The Batik mural named ‘A Place To Call Home’ is now on permanent view at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport.
Conversation – the real basis of community – is happening around this message. Strangers have rung my doorbell, asking for a hug, and thanking me for this message.
A recent message from a Muslim neighbor said the signs are helping her deal with the very real fear she has been feeling.