In July of 1969, Eva Hesse sought refuge from the inconceivable diagnosis and subsequent invasive surgery for the malignant brain tumor with which she was diagnosed in April of that year. She found a sanctuary to heal and work in the placid town of Woodstock with dear friend, confidant and renowned author, Gioia Timpanelli.
During the period that marked a time for emotional and physical recovery, she found solace and resolve in her works on paper, known as the "window" or "woodstock" drawings. These poetic efforts are tangibly biographical and emotive. The drawings appear to be a cathartic elegy to her art and to her vision and are a visual testament to the legacy of the artistic accomplishments which are among the singular achievements of 20th Century Art. Ms. Timpanelli poignantly describes them as such, "The Woodstock drawings are absolutely the Kitchen sink. They had in them everything in the cabin. When she'd begin, she'd move freely. There were times when she'd worked on more than one at a time. Sometimes, there were six or eight of them on the floor. They were hung on the walls; they had to get harder and harder. Their beginnings were incredible – highly colored, complex, intricate. They started in a very familiar place but she knew they were going somewhere else. She crayoned on them, used colored pencils for incisions, scratches. She used some of the liquitex and caseins I was using. Some of them had a real paint quality and that bothered her. She'd break that surface with pencil lines," (Gioia Timpanelli,1969 in Lucy Lippard, Eva Hesse. New York 1976, p. 157).
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