R a q u e l   R i v e r a



Born 1966 in Toronto, Canada, Raquel Rivera received her B.F.A. from York University in 1987. Her visual art practice includes drawing, book arts, collaborative art projects and writing. Her work has appeared in journals, exhibitions and Web art festivals. She co-founded the art/technology web site sitedish.com, and the review e-zine "In My Hysterical Opinion" (www.sitedish.com/imho). Raquel also creates and publishes artist books under her own imprint "Small Books."

Artist's Statement

My drawings depict significant moments; of peace, of pain, of wish, of realization. These moments often arrive through the landscapes and characters of my dreams. Dreams offer representational symbols irresistible to a creative person - from the sublime, to the ludicrous, to both at the same time. They provide me with a surreal tunnel into the blurry subtleties of what strikes me as the truth, in a given moment.

As I plunder my own subconscious for material, I also honor the dream. I believe this keeps the tunnel between sleep and waking nice and clear, for future wisdom and future work.

"Untitled (Bedroom)" was from a dream of a huge old house that had been converted into a shabby rooming house-hotel. I traveled from room to room, each one held an amazing little scene - the epitome of someone's life/soul. I was planning to draw each room to make a series, but ran out of steam after two drawings.

"Ho hum" was an image that came to me just before I woke up. I had just been fired from a part-time job. I was happy for the release and worried about my lack of income. At the same time, I had been through this so many times in the past years that I was also feeling bored and blasť about my sense of helplessness, my lack of "future." So she's swinging around and around by her toes, way high, she's not afraid, she's not exhilarated, she's used to it by now.


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2002 ASD Dream Art Exhibition

19th Annual International Conference for the Association for the Study of Dreams
June 15 - 19, 2002
at Tufts University, Medford, Boston, Massachusetts

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