My practice is rooted in drawing, but extends from works on paper to installation, video, and papier-mâché sculptures that are often combined with natural materials like wood and stone. In my work, the color blue operates both symbolically and visually. It is the color of a universal skin, of blood, of inner feelings and of abstract mental landscapes. I am interested in the connection between things and I search for it through time, places and human relations. The skin is often my primary subject, represented as a membrane that in my drawings extends until it becomes a vast, fragile, landscape. Here, metaphorically, human experiences merge, and personal experience becomes collective.The passage of time and the loss and change that is associated with it is also recurrent in many of my works.

“ Luisa Rabbia employs the human form to express existential themes, ranging from physical and spiritual transformation to the interconnectivity of all beings. Despite its figurative aspects, her eclectic body of work, consisting of sculptures, installations, drawings, and animated videos, tends toward abstraction. She does not focus on the aesthetics of the body, but its symbolic potential, and she is intrigued by its role as a container of life’s rhythms. Rabbia perceives the body as a home, where memories shelter, emotions unfold, and experiences are preserved. She takes inspiration from how this interior life leaves traces over time, making the skin like a line drawing. Conscious of the fact that the body also serves as a barrier against everything external, [Rabbia] searches for the immaterial essence that connects all humans, no matter how diverse. In that sense, she aims to formulate universal attributes that can make us forget stigmatizations and categorizations and, instead, establish a strong sense of kinship".
(From an essay by Stephanie Buhmann, A sense of Kinship. Luisa Rabbia, Sculpture magazine, New York, NY, June 2015, p. 30-33).