3/5/18 So often in life, it's through tragedy that evolution and creativity emerge. This seems like a constant theme with artists. Eva Hesse, had a short lived but provocative career. She is credited with being one of the first artists to move from Minimalism to Post Minimalism. Post Minimalist work uses Minimalism as a starting point but strays from that, often incorporating handmade or elements of craft. This is largely evident in the sculptural work of Hesse. For this post, I am focusing on Hesse's paintings. While they emerged during the era of Minimalsim, to me they exhibit characteristics of Abstract Expressionism and perhaps her time studying with Joseph Albers. Although Abstract Expressionists aimed to be free of reference to formalized form Hesse seems to be able to incorporate aspects of that within her figurative depictions. Most known for her sculptures which emerged around 1965 while married to sculptor Tom Doyle. The couple at this time was living in an abandoned textile mill in Germany. While there, Hesse began working with materials left in the mill sketching ideas and contemplating the direction of her artistic soul. "Making Art" - "painting a painting." The Art,the history, the tradition, is too much there. I want to be surprised. To find something new."" Perhaps this was a pivotal point in her emergence as an artist and sculptor. On some level I think all artists/creators have an innate desire to "find something new". What I find tragic, is that she couldn't see that something new was emerging through her artistic journey and contribution. She makes reference in her diary's about struggles with self-doubt and the ongoing need for affirmation. I think all artists deal with that on some level. It' part of the human experience and often the result of trauma. Learn more here!