Lecturer in: 2008
Eva Koch’s work is highly varied, from the clearly defined, concrete sculptural element to the immaterial seduction of the video image, to the invisible interference of the sound work. Characteristic for Eva Koch’s work, whether she chooses sculpture, video or sound as her media, is simplicity. The works are site-specific, installed in such a way as to relate actively to the space around them, and often with an interactive dimension.
When she uses the physical sculpture, it is as an important element, because with all its stability it leaves a mark on or a trace in the world.
Eva Koch’s sculptures are often large and relate in scale to the human body’s own physical presence, which is particularly true of the Sculpture of Earth and Light (a collaboration with the architect Steen A.B. Høyer), which with its 800.000 cubic meters of earth, stands as a clear landmark in the west of Denmark.
Parallel to her sculptural work, Eva Koch has gradually moved into the narrative element in her video work. In her works she especially circles around human conditions, communication and the common denominator. A frequent theme in her video work has been the anonymous individual seen from the perspective of the collective. In the extensive interactive video work VILLAR (2001), she focuses on a particular family, namely her mothers. Through the interactivity the viewer is faced with of a family touched by war, of truth having several sides to it, and of memory being subjective. Told in a sensual and simple language, where images and words are each other’s extensions.
In the installation Approach (2005) the visitor is caught in a field of interpretation. The sound track and the visuals tell the same story, but in different languages, the spoken- and sign language. Because even though we might speak the same language, it is not given that we understand the same thing.
Her video installation Evergreen (2006) is a video about harassment… the most ugly we have in our personalities. Staged in the most beautiful landscape of the Faeroe Isles.