Currently on view at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, is a comprehensive solo exhibition of work by Eva Rothschild, her third exhibition at the gallery. Entitled Narcissus, the show features a body of experimental sculptures, combining freestanding and wall-mounted forms, Rothschild appears to be formulating a new vocabulary of sculptural shapes. While similarities can be seen between Rothchild’s site-specific series Sightings at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas in 2012, the works currently on view delve deeper into the possibilities of shape and media. In the works, Rothschild employs the use of wood, leather and other woven textiles to incorporate complex details into the larger more bold forms.
Eva Rothschild has drawn on the legacy of the art of the 1960s and 1970s, but has added her own flair, intermixing the rationality of minimalism with a contrasting sense of magical spirituality. As a result, the works evoke ancient talismans, and demand a personal relationship with the viewer. The exhibition space has been transformed into a sacred space, in which the identifiable shapes surpass their physical forms.
Since her last exhibition at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Eva Rothschild has exhibited at numerous international museums and galleries, including her solo exhibtion at the Kunstverein Hanover in 2011, and at la Conservera Centro de Arte Contemporeana in Ceuti/Murcia. She was also presented with the Childrens Art Commission at the Whitechapel Gallery in London and the 2009 Duveens Commission by the Tate Britain.
Rothschild was born in Dublin in 1971 to a self-identified “ordinary middle-class family,” and studied at the University of Ulster in Belfast and Goldsmith College. For the past six years she has worked in her studio in Broadway Market, London, and her gravity defying work has earned her much recognition, both in London and internationally. As stated in an interview with The Independent, Rothschild does not aim to soothe and placate her audience: “The ideal way to look at art is to be permanently confused.”
Galerie Eva Presenhuber