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Eugenia Popesco

MA work

'We'll Die In The Class We Were Born'

‘We’ll Die In The Class We Were Born’ is an installation that directly responds to the Brexit vote and the British class system, through questioning perceptions surrounding national identity and history. Documentary photographs from an air festival are screen printed onto nylon, resembling flags but in the act of the process become paintings. These works are shown alongside sculptural replicas of tank traps from the Second World War, printed to give the illusion that they are fairground toys.

 

‘Planes fly in the sky, boats fire from the sea, parachutes land on the beaches, assaults are simulated, whilst the promenade is occupied by a fairground, food stalls and army enlisters targeting children and young people.’

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Print, 2017

  • Born UK, 1993


    Through my work I aim to challenge perceptions, document and raise awareness of life in

    contemporary Britain. My work strives to create a somewhat democratic image, a

    representation of everyone’s lives, not just the few. Through this, I hope my art is

    beneficial.


    My work responds to the social and political climate of today. Much of my inspiration

    originates from my own experience of living under the regime of conservative austerity in

    Britain, as well as those of others. My work reacts to issues surrounding class, national

    identity and traditions. I often use history, locality and landscape as motifs and visual

    metaphors to help conceptually realise ideas into complex mixed media installations,

    evoking an atmospheric resonance.


    I am responsive to the changing mediation of imagery in the modern world, through print,

    sculpture, moving image and sound. I combine these medias in an installation format in

    order to reflect the excessive exhaustion of imagery in contemporary culture, with

    reference to the internet and screens. Materiality is another fundamental element in my

    practice. The appropriation of materials is often present in my work in order to conjure

    consciousness and contextual associations. Amongst my use of contemporary material,

    such as digital imagery, the handmade is essential. I am interested in exploring the

    importance of the hand crafted artwork, and how analogue methods often have greater

    personality, a folk aesthetic. I often contrast the analogue with the digital, creating a

    hybridity of making. Through this, I challenge notions of what it means to be an artist today

    in an age of ultra-capitalism.


    I continually use these methods in order to create socially and politically engaged art.

  • Degrees

  • MA Fine Art, Print, The Royal College of Art, London, (Dissertation result – Distinction), 2017; Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Arts University Bournemouth, (Distinction), 2012; BA Illustration, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, (First Class Honours), 2015
  • Experience

  • Tate Modern poster design, ‘London by Eugenia Popesco for Tate’ (featuring new Tate Modern extension), 2016; Artist Talk, Royal College of Art, London 2016
  • Exhibitions

  • "Foundation Show 2012", The Arts University Bournemouth, Dorset, 2012; "First Year Narrative Illustration Exhibition", Camberwell College of Arts, London, 2013; "First Year Summer Exhibition", Camberwell College of Arts, London, 2013; "The Expanded Designer", Camberwell College of Arts, Wilson Road Campus, London, 2014; "Editions Fair", The Peckham Pelican, London, 2014; "Parallel Cities", SafeHouse 1 & 2, Peckham, London, 2014; "St. Barbes Annual Open Exhibition", St. Barbes Gallery and Museum, Lymington, 2014; "Third Year Work In Progress Show", Camberwell College of Arts, London, 2015; "Multipack", 3Space, Oxford Street, London, 2015; "Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London 2015 Degree Show", Camberwell College of Arts, London, 2015; "Rock, Paper, Scissors”, Hoxton Arches, London, 2015; "RCA Fine Art WIP Show", Royal College of Art, Hester Road, Battersea, London, 2016; "Break/Link", CGP Gallery, Southwark Park, London, 2016; “RCA Secret”, Art Dubai, Mina a’ Salam, Alserkal Avenue, Warehouse 46, Dubai, 2016; “RCA Secret”, Gulbenkian Galleries, Darwin building, Royal College of Art, London, 2016; “Output”, CGP Gallery, Southwark Park, London, 2017; RAGE: “The Odious Smell of Truth”, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London, 2017
  • Awards

  • Tate Modern poster competition winner, ‘London by Eugenia Popesco for Tate’, 2015
  • Publications

  • "Small Print", All content, design and production, by Nadine Ghandour, Toby Young & Eugenia Popesco, 2014; "The South East London Journal, No.2 The Swimming Pool Issue", Artist Summer Degree Show Feature, 2015; "Rock, Paper, Scissors", Camberwell Illustration External Degree Show Catalogue, Edition of 750, 2015; “Hang The Artist, It Says Nothing To Me About My Life” RCA Dissertation/Thesis - Result: Distinction. A Limited edition of publications made written and made by the artist, 2017; “A Place By The Sea”, A limited edition of books made by the artist, 2017