Armature wire, plastic, painted steel
181 x 56 x 52cm.
Mr Messy exemplifies Eva Rothschild’s ongoing enquiry into the relationship between drawing and sculpture, between two and three dimensions, and between scale and form. Included in Eva Rothschild’s solo exhibition at South London Gallery in 2007, the work is neither abstract or figurative as the name suggests, playing on our tendency to imbue objects with meaning and power beyond their mere existence, prompted by the knowledge and beliefs we bring to them. Hints of spiritualism, mysticism and the aesthetics of New Ageism, as well as ideas around craft and its various associations, are present in the body of work this sculpture belongs to, but with a subtlety that ensures Rothschild’s concern with the nature of sculpture is never overshadowed.