Eva Hesse Documentary Viewing at Alfred University


On Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 I visited Alfred University to view a documentary about artist Eva Hesse. The movie talked about her life, artwork, and personal life during the late 50s, 60s, and 70s. Born in Germany during World War II, Eva Hesse faced many hardships during her life and found art as way to express her inner emotions. Hesse turned to painting in her teens and even went to Pratt art school, but felt she was too “restricted” by their strict regimens and subsequently dropped out. Fortunately, that didn’t stop Hesse from chasing her dreams of being an artist and enrolled at Cooper Union, even graduated from Yale, and solidified her grasp on abstract expressionism. Her paintings and drawings, however, are often thought of as the preliminary steps to her latex and fiberglass sculptures later on. After going on a year long visit to her birthplace, Germany, Hesse started experimenting with sculptural forms and aided her ascension into post-minimalistic art. Her ability to completely transform her pieces with little manipulation possible, repetitive organic shapes, and unique handmade appearance is simply remarkable. Hesse’s work with latex and fiberglass brought somewhat human forms to life, like imitating skin for example, and some of her artwork even reflected some of her own emotional struggles throughout her life. Overall, Hesse’s revolutionary work in the art scene during the 60s changed the world of minimalism, and played with the idea of experimentation, as well as finding a sense of “discovery” with everyday materials.


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