Rabéa Ballin

Pockets of Beauty in a Field of Contamination

About the Project

With overwhelming reminders of refineries, silos, smokestacks, and the nearby ship channel surrounding Harman Park, my sculpture provides a hint of hope and creativity for the community. Initially, viewers will encounter a modern-but recognizable-take of a re-envisioned seesaw. Anything but basic, the structure welcomes interaction and play for children and adults. Once participants, up to four at a time, engage this symbolic seesaw, the installation transforms and structural play kickstarts the magnetism of liquid and color in motion.

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Meet the Artist

Born in Germany, raised in Louisiana, Houston-based artist Rabea Ballin earned her BFA in design at McNeese State University and her MFA in drawing and painting at the University of Houston. Her multi-disciplinary works explore the uniqueness of self-identity, hair politics, and social commentary. She documents these themes primarily through drawing, digital photography and various printmaking practices. In addition to working as an independent artist, she is a founding member of the all-female ROUX printmaking collective since 2011. Rabea has served as an artist board member at both Art League Houston and DiverseWorks, and has completed residencies at DiverseWorks, Tougaloo College and Project Row Houses.

Assistant professor, department chair, curator, and frequent panelist, she is currently living and working in Houston’s historical Third Ward community.