Exhibits - Austin Public Library

Rakhee Jain Desai Family Tree
Rakhee Jain Desai Virtual Exhibition

Exhibition: May 1 - December 31, 2021

Rakhee Jain Desai is an interdisciplinary artist whose work creates dialogue about immigrant identity and belonging.  Her current body of work utilises the centuries-old, wax-resist textile technique, Batik. The combination of Batik, an Eastern craft, with traditionally Western mediums (encaustic, oils and acrylics) is a signature process. 

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.

Image detail: Rakhee Jain Desai Family Tree

Image detail: Crazy towne roopetoope by Irene Roderick
Irene Roderick

Dancing with the Wall
May 10 – July 15, 2021

Central Library Gallery | 710 W. César Chávez St.

The artworks of Irene Roderick are Art made in the tradition of Fine Art that is based on individual creativity and unique personal expression. They are also Quilts made in the Craft tradition of utilitarian bed covers incorporating small pieces of fabric sewn together into a larger sheet. Roderick’s works join the centuries old conversation of whether quilts can be considered as fine art or remain firmly in the craft tradition. She works fluidly between these conversations, embracing both traditions with nonchalance to receive approvals for her creativity from anyone.  

Image detail: Crazy towne roopetoope by Irene Roderick