Book Looking for Rain is designed and fabricated by Amanda Maciuba using traditional, production handmade bookbinding techniques and materials. It features images drawn with a mix of oil-based and water-based media. The images consist of tally marks (meant to represent the passage of time), roadside fences, headlines from the Weather.com App, roadways and the path of three rivers, The Columbia, Iowa and Connecticut.
The book was attached to the front bumper of Kyle Peet’s van, otherwise known as the Ride Share Gallery, from June 16th to August 16th of 2022. The work was intended to change over time depending on the weather it encountered as it traveled around the Pacific Northwest, mostly in Walla Walla, Washington. Accidental encounters with it at the local grocery store or a trailhead by viewers was meant to encourage critical contemplation of the ever-increasing extreme weather events throughout the United States that are exacerbated by human-caused climate change.
The final result is a collaboration between Maciuba, Peets and the local weather encountered by the book while affixed to Peet’s van (The Ride Share Gallery), in the mostly drought-starved Pacific Northwest in the Summer of 2022.