Eva Hesse Spectres 1960

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While enjoying Dodie Bellamy’s The Buddhist, she mentions reading Helen Molesworth’s Me, You, Us: Eva Hesse’s Early Paintings, which is one of the essays in this book accompanying the 2010 exhibition of Hesse’s early works, twenty-ish oil paintings that show “spectral” figures, odd self-portraits and groups of figures.

The essays dive into the question of self, and distance between self and others, the problems and joys of isolation, solitude, proximity, distance, and connection. No wonder I love Hesse’s work so much.