Eva Hesse- Life • “I remember that I have always worked with contradictions and opposing forms, because they correspond with my idea of life. The entire absurdity of life. For me, life was always full of contradictions.” • Died at the age of 34 from a brain tumor • Was born in Germany just before Nazi’s took power. She and her parents were able to emigrate to the US, but all her remaining family members were killed at various concentration camps • Her mother committed suicide when Eva was 10
Eva Hesse- Experience and Art • Studied in New York explored Minimal Art and Pop Art • Early works included self-portraits, gouaches, and collages • Later did more painting and drawing of abstract expressionism • Became more of a sculptor, but many of her pieces are considered to hover between painting and sculpting • Thought that by creating a series with small variations, she could encourage the observer to consider the absurdity of infinite repetition
Personal Thoughts on Eva Hesse • Think about Hesse’s life experiences. • Now answer one of the following ?’s or come up with your own ideas how your artwork relates to your life. • Take all the time provided and write at least a half page (you will be sharing these with your neighbor when we’re done) • Have you ever known someone who died? Have you ever had to move somewhere or start at a new school? How would you express your feelings about that person, situation or related experiences in art?