Esther Rausenberg is a Strathcona based artist currently working on phase 1 of the Strathcona Art and History Trail project, an art project regarding the issues of strathocona neighbourhood. Between summer and December of 2010 she will work with Strathcona residents to design art and history markers in Strathcona that honour significant events, people and stories of Strathcona.
Rausenberg has worked and volunteered in the non-profit sector since 1979, including the Firehall Arts Centre, The Norman Rothstein Theatre, Strathcona Community Centre Board and G&F Financial Services. She is a creative and motivated person who has initiated and implemented innovative projects and initiatives, ranging from housing to the arts. She has an MA in Asian Policy Studies (UBC) and a post- graduate diploma in Asia Pacific Management from Capilano University where she was also a faculty member for 5 years.
Esther is developing her unique direction as a photographer, studying and exhibiting locally, nationally and internationally. She has travelled both locally and internationally, and different series of her photographic work reflect Asian, Latin American and South American themes along with those of her immediate west-coast environment. Her subjects are charged with her technical inventiveness and the distinctiveness of her vision.
Esther has documented several public art projects for the Canadian public art group La Raza including the mural exchange project in London Ontario (2007) and exhibited in the group show at the Salon de Plastica Mexicana in Mexico City, November 2007. She photographed their mural activities during their tours of Argentina (2006) and Mexico (2005) cultural exchanges. Her work was part of the group’s latest collaboration titled “Idea of North-Visual Variations” that features the work of six Canadian artists. The work was exhibited in Merida, Mexico in March 2010. Recently, she documented the “Eastside Mural Projects” in Vancouver.