My Daily Art
I had just arrived at the WAG as Director a few weeks before, and Eva had missed my welcome party so she came by for a personal visit. We talked about music, design, architecture, art studies, and the day her first studio professor told her she would do better to stay home. Eva chose to do both and much more.
Aside from a successful career as an artist, she was a university art instructor, a founding member of the artist-run cooperative gallery SITE, a mentor for MAWA, and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy.
In 2010 the WAG organized a retrospective exhibition, which confirmed again, the ease and power with which the artist could move from a clay maquette to a monumental bronze to a 20’ foot long charcoal drawing, maintaining incredible control of the figure and the ground.
Her final major bronze work “Generation” was unveiled at the WAG, and it’s installed each summer on the Rooftop Sculpture Garden. In a later conversation about the piece, Eva said it expressed the optimism she felt about family – and the invisible ties between a mother and a child.
While the WAG is temporarily closed, this series of posts from Director & CEO, Dr. Stephen Borys, shares an artwork from the collection every day until the Gallery reopens. Follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, or visit our stories section for this and more WAG@Home content.