Jessica Raschke is a text-based installation artist, writer and editor of The Soul Spectrum who lives in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia.
Not exactly fine art, not exactly literature, Jessica’s ephemeral installations often offer tactile and dynamic methods for participatory and socially engaged art projects. She works to reacquaint us with our communal instincts and to reconnect us with our deepest selves. In other words, she likes to provide meaningful opportunities for people to write words and make art.
Past works include Wisdom Weaving, which featured at the Hillview Sculpture Biennial and Sculptures at Killalea in 2018. Wisdom Weaving asked audiences to contribute the wisest words they’ve ever heard, read or said, to glean and gather collective wisdom.
Other works include Soul Secrets, which was shown as part of MicroGalleries in Nowra (2015), Ten Thousand Paces in Bowral (2016), and outside the Blue Mountains Food Co-op in Katoomba (2017), and the Before I Die wall at The Shaggy Cow in Mittagong, Bowral Library, and the University of Wollongong campus in Moss Vale (2016), with artists Monica Donoso and Martin Bretherick.
Over the years, other installations have appeared at VAC in Bendigo (Mystified – projected poetry), Kings ARI (Suicide Silence – projected based monologue), 69 Smith Street Gallery (Natural Beast – vinyl text), Centre for Contemporary Photography (Humanity Always – photograph) and fauxPho (What We’re Going Through lightbox installations).
Jessica is painfully multidimensional (at least to herself and sometimes to others) and cannot find a convenient category that clearly defines her and her work. Don’t ask her to explain herself. Having said that, she is still very friendly. You can learn more about her here.