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Eva Rothschild: Renegotiating and Expanding on Idioms and Materials
The Irish artist Eva Rothschild (b. 1972, lives and works in London) has attracted attention over the past few years with objects made out of such materials as leather, paper and Plexiglas, indicating a "renewed" preoccupation on the part of a young generation of artists with the three-dimensional object. Last year the Whitechapel Art Gallery launched what they called a new generation of British sculptors – Eva Rothschild, Shahin Affrasiabi, Claire Barclay, Jim Lambie and Gary Webb – in their show “Early One Morning”.
Through the renegotiation and expansion of familiar artistic idioms and materials, these works re-accentuate the three-dimensional object by elaborating on the formal vocabulary of 1960s art in particular, and "recharging" the third dimension with the transcultural, transmedial codes of contemporary content.
In addition to the three-dimensional object, Eva Rothschild's artistic practice includes wall pieces and video, in which she embroiders customary notions of abstraction, representation and decoration with models of longing and projects them on various social groups. Artistic and semantic yearnings are often intertwined in her works. Her beautiful objects impart a curious melancholy, generating an ambivalent potential of abundance and hope coupled with an impressive emptiness. Read the entire article here Source: absolutearts.com
eva rothschild, Interview
Interviewed by Andrea Tarsia, Head of Exhibitions and Projects
Andrea Tarsia- You seem interested in exploring systems of belief?
Eva Rothschild- I'm interested in un-systems of belief, non-systems, in how people move their 'spiritual' desires between different objects and traditions. Also how certain places and things can have a spiritual power which specific belief doesn't necessarily exclude. I'm interested in the ways of looking that go with concepts of faith and in how things are invested with a power above and beyond their materiality, the transference of spirituality onto objects. That's where sculpture comes in, making something that seems to have something extra to what is physically there. I'm interested in thinking about why we feel an object has more than a material presence and in the idealism of belief.
I like that the objects and images associated with belief don't have any other function except to furnish that belief, that they are anachronistic in a secular society where most things have a defined function or end use. Making work is like trying to show the gap in contemporary culture, where everything is available and catered for. It's like trying to supply something... that doesn't fulfil a specific need, but that leads to something else undefined. Read the entire article here