Artist of the Day / Eva Hild / Sweden

As someone who had enough difficulty firing flat 12″ clay slabs without breaking or distorting them, Eva’s work is truly amazing.

“My sculptures are bodies, exposed to pressure and movements.   On one hand, it is the mass in thin layers, running in a meander-like closed movement.”

“On the other hand it is the empty space, air and light forming volumes, described by the contures of the mass. The construction is really made of the absent; the emptiness, the holes of air. The obvious body just defines the volume.”

“My fascination is about the relationship between the internal and external realities; the dualism between inside and outside, content and form, feeling and shape, impression and expression.”

“It is a reflection of my inner landscapes of form. Everyday, I experience the tension between presence and absence. The anxiety I feel is both constructive and destructive. My sculptures show me the necessity of opposites; they are paradoxes.”

“When the form is ready and the clay is dry, I sand away at the surface. The pieces are fired twice in stoneware temperature, around 1200°C and finally treated with silicate colour and pigments.”

About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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3 Responses to Artist of the Day / Eva Hild / Sweden

  1. clinock says:

    As an ex ceramic sculptor I can appreciate these brilliant works – it is not without extreme skill and superb artistic perception that these ideas are made tangible…

  2. lobophotography says:

    Self-thaught artist? Amazing work she has there!!!!

  3. lovely…to see the process and works in the round…very nice.

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