"Aku Aku is the name of the book by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdal about his archaeological discoveries at Easter Island. My mother, who was a passionate book collector, gave the Russian translation of this book to me at the age of 7. Over the years, our substantial library took many shapes as it moved with us from city to city, from country to country, from continent to continent, from Central Asia to Australia.
Only a small number of books survived our complicated life journey. Aku Aku was one of them.
Last year, I finally managed to visit Easter Island, the place that captivated me as a child. I took on the trip Aku Aku, and that book's story, which is so close to my family's story, has inspired this exhibition."
Using collage as her mode of exploration, RAE BOLOTIN fulfils a childhood dream of visiting Easter Island after reading Aku Aku as a child. Playing with depth and form, the works intertwine memory and narrative, as the gestural paper extends out of the frame to draw the viewer into BOLOTIN's visual journey. With Aku Aku as your companion, follow BOLOTIN's gaze and flowing forms through the memory-laden landscapes with the mystical moai.