Born 1972, Dublin, Ireland
Lives and works in London, England
In Eva Rothschild's sculptures, the magical meets the minimal. The artist has
inherited certain formal concerns from artists of the 1960s and 1970s, but she is
also inspired by mysticism and new-age spiritual practices. Rothschild harnesses
these diverse influences by using evocative materials, such as leather fringe and
incense sticks, and by mining an archive of universally resonant forms, such as
spheres and pyramids. In works like Stalker, she uses narrow strips of wood and
transparent acrylic to outline a series of pyramids or temple-like structures; the
result is more akin to inscribing space than sculpting solid volumes. Her interest
in elemental shapes recalls the Minimalists' pursuit of purity of form, but she also
questions whether archetypal forms can be seen simply as form or whether they will be
forever associated with layers of spiritual and psychic meaning.
Eva Rothschild. Exhibition catalogue. Zurich: JRP/Ringier Kunstverlag, in association with Kunsthalle Zürich, 2004.
Grant, Catherine. "Early One Morning." Flash Art 54 (October 2002): 49.
Higgie, Jennifer. "Paint It Black: Jennifer Higgie on Eva Rothschild." Frieze, no. 55 (November–December, 2000): 78–79.
Peacegarden. Exhibition catalogue. London: The Showroom, 2001.
Slyce, John. "Random Rules: Eva Rothschild and Keith Tyson." Flash Art 36 (July–September 2003): 82–85.
The Modern Institute
Kunsthalle Zurich exhibition