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Eva Rothschild: Hot Touch at The Hepworth Wakefield, 2011. Photo by Stuart Whipps.
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Eva Rothschild: Hot Touch

21 May - 09 Oct 2011

Hot Touch presented a group of new and recent sculptures and photographs by Eva Rothschild. Her sculptures are made from a range of materials including fabric, leather and wood, bringing together the hand-made and the industrially produced. The works often combine the forms and strategies of modernist art – squares, triangles, holes and repetition – with an array of visual associations and symbols, such as totemic columns of piled heads and draped snakes.

This exploration of the power and meaning of objects produces an encounter between the minimal and the magical. Leaning against walls, suspended in mid-air, or balancing impossibly, Rothschild’s sculptures have an ambiguous and powerful presence, exploring universally recognised forms and symbols.

The exhibition was accompanied by a new publication with an essay by Prof. Anne Wagner, author of Mother Stone: The Vitality of Modern British Sculpture (Yale University Press, 2005), and coincided with the exhibition, Someone & Someone, 2008 at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Supported by the Henry Moore Foundation and Culture Ireland

‘The inaugural one-woman show is apt, since Eva Rothschild is always taking sidelong glances at modernist sculpture with her own cool and quirky works.’ The Guardian