Eva Rothschild is one of the most important protagonists of a generation of artists dealing with the formal aspects of sculpture. Influenced by minimalism and post-minimalism of the nineteen sixties and seventies, Eva Rothschild’s works are tension-filled combinations of such diverse materials as leather, paper, Plexiglas, wood and metal. The exhibition at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane will be the first solo Museum presentation of her work in Ireland.
In Eva Rothschild’s work modernism’s formal values and its ideas of utopianism –are inverted. The history of abstract art is deconstructed through the space between her objects. Her installations become embodied spaces and inquiries into how we as humans develop structures (both physical and metaphoric) to support our values.
Eva Rothschild subverts modernist insignias with irrationality, emotionality and contextual irritation that endow the works with a peculiar melancholy, an ambivalent potential between visionary progress and reactionary withdrawal. Her works’ subtlety enmeshes the viewer in questions regarding artworks as objects of use and the utility of art in society.
Rather than surveying the whole range of Rothschild’s' practice, the exhibition seeks to cut a conceptual slice through it, to look deeply into the mechanics of the artist's thinking and working process.
Eva Rothschild has achieved international acclaim for her practice which involves both conceptual and socio-political ideas alongside traditional approaches to making sculpture. One of the most highly regarded artists of her generation, for more than ten years Rothschild has investigated concepts of form and materiality in sculptural works that use leather, wood, Perspex and, occasionally, surprising objects such as incense sticks and used tyres. Such materials often appear to transcend their physical limitations, hovering between representation, symbolism and actual form. Colour also has a major role in her work, and situates her practice somewhere between sculpture and painting. Her use of day-glo paint in 'Someone and someone' is a joyous example of the way in which she uses colour to great optical effect - it both incises the work onto the landscape and into the viewer's visual memory.
Rothschild was born in Dublin in 1971 and lives and works in London. She studied at the University of Ulster, Belfast and at Goldsmiths' College, London. She has exhibited widely, including the monumental 'Cold Corners' in the Duveen Galleries of Tate Britain.