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Wolff-Bernstein, J. (2005). In Search of Her Own Language: Eva Hesse Show San Francisco Museum of Modern ARt. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 6(4):345-368.

(2005). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 6(4):345-368

In Search of Her Own Language: Eva Hesse Show San Francisco Museum of Modern ARt

Jeanne Wolff-Bernstein, Ph.D.

This article discusses the work of Eva Hesse, a young German minimalist artist who died in 1970 at the age of 34. Hesse left behind a complex assembly of art works known for their fragile and disintegrating beauty. Hesse's work resists to be understood in relationship to other works of art; instead her sculptures and paintings are viewed as attempts to find her own language through which she creates a pathway to her inner turmoil. Her work is understood not as a representation of her inner world but as a language through which she gains access to a previously foreclosed, somber world. Struggling at the edge of inside-outside and chaos-order, Hesse succeeds at drawing the spectator into questioning the most fundamental, pregiven realities of life.

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