Nora Rabins is an interdisciplinary artist primarily focused on the public realm. After serving as the first Artist in Residence for the Newport Restoration Foundation, Rabins recently returned to Aquidneck Island to create decorative sails for a colonial-era windmill. Amazingly, this project helped the mill to grind corn for the first time in 25 years. Other recent projects include a vertically shifting sound installation and a white, 3-dimensional billboard for the Hive Archive, which reflects its Olneyville surroundings in the form of shadow and light.
Nora has since returned to weaving on her Musical Loom, which produces audio patterns that reflect a textile’s pattern as it is woven. Currently she is collaborating with a dancer to generate choreography in conjunction with this musical loom, and is investigating relationships among patterns of weaving and music through anthropological research and experimental studio practice.