Jessica Raschke is an interdisciplinary, mostly text-based artist, writer and editor.
Not exactly fine art, not exactly literature, Jessica’s works are often text-based installations that seek to reconnect us with our deepest selves. Her work typically considers existential questions about mortality, death, being, intimacy, and meaning. Sometimes her works are participatory, to provide audiences with meaningful opportunities for writing words and making art.
Another recent work, Wisdom Weaving, was 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, part of Micro Galleries in Nowra (2015), Ten Thousand Paces in Bowral (2016), and Hapenny Lane in Katoomba (2017), and the Before I Die wall in Mittagong, Bowral, and Moss Vale (2016), with artists Monica Donoso and Martin Bretherick.
In 2019, Jessica and Martin created a new Before I Die wall as part of From the Brink at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. She also collaborated with US artist Mim Golub on The Better Future Mail Project as part of the Micro Galleries International Artists Collective.
Over the years, other works have appeared at VAC in Bendigo (Mystified – projected poetry), Kings ARI (Suicide Silence – projected based monologue), 69 Smith Street Gallery (Shallow Impulse – 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. Her old website, The Soul Spectrum, might help explain a few things.