1960 –
Age of Post-Colonialism

Eva Hesse's Untitled


Eva Hesse, Untitled, enamel paint, string, papier-mâché, elastic cord, 1966 (MoMA)

Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris, Dr. Steven Zucker

 

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Jaymie Lathem wrote on Thursday, March 10, 2011

Eva Hessa really did want to create things that were awful, disgusting and non-ideal. Having seen Hesse's work in person, I could not help but feel connected to her pieces. As a mother (and obviously female) there is an umbilical cord and birth connections that are extremely strong. There is a beauty within the grotesque.

Brittany Lamers wrote on Wednesday, March 06, 2013

When looking at this piece I find myself at a loss for words, or perhaps just too many. I can look at this hand made form and come up with many interpretations of what I believe it to be. It has a certain ambiguity because of its minimal qualities but I cannot help thinking of organic imagery or even a female representation. The power of the rope is what I connect to because it gives a sense of unraveling which creates tension, so I question this symbol.

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