The Austrian artist Eva Schlegel (b. 1960) works in many different media: photography, objects, installations, glass and lead. Some of her most characteristic works are her black and white photographs, transformed from negative and positive film and then transferred onto lead plates in such a way that they almost seem varnished in blue and green nuances. The chromatic light depends on the quality of the lead, which the artist selects with great care.
The photographs from which the lead works are created are often taken by the artist herself, including self-portraits. In other cases the photographs are found amongst discarded materials in the photographic laboratory. Eva Schlegel’s work appears conceptual and aesthetic as well as intellectual and sensuous.
Eva Schlegel was until recently professor at the Academy of Arts in Vienna. She has participated in several exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale (1995) and Session in Vienna (2005), and she curated the Austrian Pavillion in Venice 2011. Over the years Eva Schlegel has also created a number of site-specific works in both public and private institutions, including Museum der Moderne, Salzburg (2004) and KPMG, Copenhagen (2010). Her work is represented in MAK, Vienna; New York Public Library, New York; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.