Australia born 1950
1984 Description: from the installation Persona and shadow
Materials & Technique: photographs, direct positive colour photograph
In this series, Rrap acted out imagery from paintings by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch in an investigation of the stereotypical depiction of women in art and, more widely, in society. The title alludes to psychiatrist Carl Jung's notions about different aspects of our personalities, those we show to the world and those we keep private. The procedure of restaging, collage, over painting with oil stick and rephotographing becomes part of the final image, laying bare and transparent the art-making process. It imparts to the images a personal and intense subjectivity, mitigating the voyeurism of the originals, though the result-Rrap making her body conform to a form inherited from history-is deliberately unsettling.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra