In 1961, Hesse’s paintings were included in group exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum and at the John Heller Gallery in New York. The following year Hesse had her first solo show at the Allan Stone Gallery, New York. Hesse was married to a sculptor, Tom Doyle, and resided in a factory in Germany during the early to mid-60s, accounting for her experimentation with industrial materials such as mesh and cord. This period marked the beginning of a series of work that would soon earn Hesse international success.
She began to use latex to make sculpture in 1967, and then fiberglass the following year. Hesse’s drawings, often ink with layering of washes, incorporated both organic and geometric elements with inorganic, rigid and mechanical shapes and forms. With these works, she gained accolades and recognition, and by the late 1960s she was included in numerous solo and group shows at prominent galleries in New York.
Though Eva Hesse died of a brain tumor in 1970, her work, which incorporates elements of mechanics, repetition, and motion and incorporate experimental and impermanent materials such as fiberglass, rubberized cheesecloth and latex, are still unmatched in originality and defy categorization into one particular movement.
Feminist Artist Statement
Lippard, Lucy R. Eva Hesse. New York: New York University Publishers, 1976.