Under my Skin
Eugenia Raskopoulos’ latest installation straddles dark domestic and political territory. The messages range from blunt to subtle. A video camera looks through a car windscreen across which the word “refugees” is written against a clear blue sky, bordered by gum trees and full of hope. No matter how frenetic the pace of the windscreen wipers, the sullied text remains discernable withing the smear as a symbol of Australia’s unresolved refugee issues. Elsewhere crisp and formally framed large photographs dominate with a very odd set of objects, abject reminders which carry bodily memories of intense “inpain” is not a typo but a deliberate misspelling as if the state of being in “in pain” were an abstract noun describing a political condition. In an earlier body of work, Raskopoulos had subjected the word “democracy” to various political tests and pressures, undermining the cheapness of its currency as a buzzword for political gain. Text and visual metaphors - like the windscreen wiper’s attempt to “wipe away” political problems - have long informed Raskipoulos’ work. Extract from essay Voodoo Objects: “Under My Skin” by Anne Finegan
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Raskopoulos, Eugenia, “Under my Skin,” ADELTA, accessed June 3, 2020, http://adelta.westernsydney.edu.au/items/show/262.