My sculptures are bodies, exposed to pressure and movements.
Influence, pressure, strain. These words have been the foundation for my current projects that comprise communicating the theme in large, hand-built sculptures. Delicate continuously flowing entities in thin-built clay. They reflect varying degrees of external and internal pressures, and how, as a consequence, perception of inner and outer space is changed or challenged.
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 contours of the mass. The construction is really made of the absent; the emptiness and the holes of air. The obvious body just defines the volume.
My fascination is about the relationship between 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. My sculptures show me the necessity of opposites; they are paradoxes. Bodies where presence and absence meet.
The ceramic sculptures are unique and made of mainly stoneware clay. The process is based on hand-building and I work on each piece during an extended period of time. The shape grows gradually and I have time to reflect. I can change direction, make connections and have a smooth surface with the same thickness. When the form is ready and the clay is dry, I sand away at the surface. The pieces are fired twice and finally treated with various paints and pigments.
The metal sculptures are casted in bronze or aluminum and either patinated or painted on the surface.
Besides the ceramic and metal I work in a variety of materials, like concrete, plastics and glass.
Eva Hild lives and works in the south-west of Sweden.
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. Her art has met with a profound fascination at the way in which she expresses body and space, strength and fragility, presence and absence.
Photos on the website: Anna Sigge, Eva Hild, Andrea Björsell, Carl Bengtsson, Ola Kjelbye, Rickard Karlsson.