RIVER LIBRARY, 2002-present, river mud and glue on Essindia paper
Rivers flow freely across the countries of the world and know no boundaries. In the beds of these rivers mud accumulates in layers, capturing the history of the earth and humankind. River Library is a series of drawings in which I use mud from rivers around the world as my drawing medium. Like the alphabet of a language yet to be deciphered, like a yet unwritten history of nature and culture, mud in my drawings functions like a text, providing a memory of existence. These drawings are for me like manuscripts, like pages of unwritten texts, both literal and metaphorical. They transcend the physicality of mud: the drawing is the text and the text is the drawing. They are like pages of books of an infinite library.