Eva Hild, STERNUM
Hudiksvallsgatan 6, 18.8–24.9 2022
GSA Gallery is proud to present Eva Hild’s solo exhibition – STERNUM – showcasing the newest and most ambitious developments within her recognizable sculptural practice, alongside a new facet – her plaster paintings.
Sternum – a title chosen by the artist – is an anatomical term, synonymous to breastbone: a long, flat bone, located in the central part of the chest and part of the rib cage, thus protecting the heart, lungs, and larger blood vessels. Hild perceives it as the centre of the body, not only physically but also emotionally. As such, while her visual vocabulary is organic and generally non-figurative, the personal experience of a broken sternum appears as both a literal and metaphorical starting point for this exhibition. As always in Hild’s practice, experiences feed into initial ideas that crystallize and fully develop only once she tackles the clay and has a physical encounter with the material.
Even though the artist works in various materials, the viewer might be most familiar with either white or black stoneware pieces. To put forward Hild’s range, our presentation brings together an array of materials, scales, and manners of display, including large stainless-steels and hand-built stoneware sculptures from different series (RIBS, HANGING HOLES). Alongside the three-dimensional works, a selection of plaster paintings completes the universe proposed to the viewer. On display for the first time, these paintings appear as an extension of Hild’s sculptural practice, their expressions being closely linked.
An essential aspect in understanding these visually sublime works is that none are clearly narrative but are informed by an amalgam of past experiences; however, some, like the torso pieces, can become more descriptive. The latter is explained by Hild’s broken sternum – during the recovery period, she encountered physical limitations that forced her to work on the floor, with flatter, widespread forms. The round-shaped sculptures range between calmer or more powerful variations, enclosing different types of cavities, wave motions, or bumps – always in an idea of dualism between volume and void, inside and outside, content and form, feeling and shape, impression, and expression.
Regardless of the medium, the artist’s working process is always slow and meditative – she has previously called her works “emotional self-portraits”. Furthermore, all works “exist” in a type of constant flow, where each appears as a continuation of previous ones, and all are open to interpretation. The various cavities, bumps, round shapes – they offer endless possibilities.
We warmly invite you discover the diversity of perforated coils, ovoid folds, concave, pulled and stretched spherical surfaces, torso and rib shapes, and ink-painted plasters – all executed with unimaginable technique and precision.
Eva Hild (b. 1966) is a Swedish artist, who lives and works in southwest of Sweden. She received an MFA from the School of Design & Crafts, University of Gothenburg in 1998. With her organic sculptures, she has established a position on the international art scene and is represented in important private and institutional collections world-wide. Hild is the recipient of various awards and accolades, including Västra Götalandsregionens kulturpris, Prince Eugen Medal in recognition of outstanding artistic achievements, Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation Grant-Award, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, etc. Hild’s works can be found in museum collections worldwide, including Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Röhsska museet, Gothenburg, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden, Wuppertal, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, etc.