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"Child" Drawing - Mixgon Nixson


Eva Hesse Drawing

“Child” Drawing

Mignon Nixon


Some of Hesse’s works were suggested to be the reflection or outcome of her traumatic personal experiences according to her letters, diaries, and a clutch of notes handwritten. How many of us keep diary and datebooks today? How do we keep track of our emotions and mental activities while creating, and how important is it for us today?


Hesse created the most meaningful works with the least amount of processing while completely changing the material’s original meaning. This coexistence of simplicity and complexity has caused much controversy among art critics. The focus of controversy is on which of her works should be considered complete products, sketches, or research models. Heather’s paintings are often regarded as drafts of her later sculptures. Works themselves look like notes and sketches of her later creation. Eva Hesse’s works are more like experiments, the process of discovering different possibilities, “bridle at the rules without abandoning the game.”

Such a distinctive way of creation is so rare to see under formal artistic training. The reading opens my eyes to a new form of artists’ notes and sketches, the process art with seriality.


"She smashes down on little cut-out shapes, half-erased ideas, repetitive linear strikings, and sets up new relationships. She invents dimension and position with changes of kinds of stroke, levels of intensity, starting and breaking momentum, and by redefining a sense of place from forces which are visible coefficients of energy.” (Petersen, 1963)
"They are clear, direct, powerful, it set me off again because they are different, just enough, to make me wonder where am I going, why, and is there an idea, or too many different ones?” (Hesse)
"There isn’t a rule… I don t want to keep any rules. I want to sometimes change the rules.” (Hesse)


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