About the Artwork

Cosmos, 2018 is composed of three 3.5 metre-high slatted structures which lean into and support each other, painted black on the exterior and sprayed in a coloured gradient within. An imposing physical structure, the work encourages both a physical and aesthetic response. Says Rothschild: “The external piece is quite forbidding. Its black shiny surface is like a set of disruptive gates.”

Frequently Rothschild’s works demand the viewer to navigate their own presence in proximity to the work and the architecture of the surroundings. This work serves as a spatial interruption or threshold, reorienting the passage and behaviour of the viewer. As a mise-en-scene or backdrop for performance, Rothschild’s installations also invite the idea of the chance encounter, as spaces in which to reflect, watch, dream and act.

Year: 2018

Copyright the artist. Courtesy Modern Art, London. Photo: Benjamin Westoby


Spray painted aluminium


350 x 370 x 340 cm

Artist Biography

Eva Rothschild

Eva Rothschild was born in Dublin in 1971, and lives and works in London. She has undertaken large-scale commissions for Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries (2009), Public Art Fund, New York (2011) Lewis Cubitt Park, Kings Cross, London (2020). In 2019 she represented Ireland at the 58th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2018); The New Art Gallery, Walsall (2016-17); The Hugh Lane, Dublin (2014); Nasher Sculpture Centre, Dallas (2012); Kunstverein Hannover, Hanover (2011); South London Gallery, London (2007); and the Kunstalle Zürich, Zürich (2004). Rothschild’s 2011 solo Hot Touch was the inaugural exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield. In 2014 Rothschild was elected Royal Academician by the Royal Academy, London.