Eva Hesse


Eva Hesse, was born in Germany during the rise of the Nazi regime in 1936. She later fled to the United States with her family, where she began her education in the arts. She pursued a career in commercial textile design, and was educated in abstract aining and commercial design. She practiced as a expressionist painter, and experimented with every day found materials, such as those used in our soft sculpture assignment, string, fabrics, wire and rubber. She explored the use of single materials to express whimsical states of mind, moods and organic associations, as well as what was occasionally dubbed ‘proto-feminist, sexual innuendo.


Expanded Expansion, 1969

Fiberglass, polyester, resin, latex and cheesecloth


Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Gift, Family of Eva Hesse, 1975


Untitled or Not Yet, 1966

nets, polyethylene, paper, lead weights, and cord

71 in. x 15 1/2 in. x 8 1/4 in.

Collection SFMOMA
Purchase through a gift of Phyllis C. Wattis


(From: http://www.theartstory.org/artist-hesse-eva.htm)