[Eva Kolosvary-Stupler’s] very latest forays back into the universe of drawing… are direct. This is one person, some paper, some pencils and a desire to ask the pertinent question.This is what art is, or can be, without the pretense.No hedging around the bush, no shuffling sideways to saunter up to the problem.No abstracted third-person attempt at objectivity or self regarding philosophical bent…
Her drawings revive the worth we place in art and its making - as they are filled with the authenticity we expect from art and its call to our attention.
Curator, Torrance Art Museum
Typically, assemblage is subdued, featuring monochromatic earth toned compositions. Eva playfully takes the liberty of pushing the genre by using objects of color or painting them, as she reinvents and gives her own meaning to the technique of assemblage. She has no qualms about breaking away from tradition and rejoining it…
Eva’s animated nature is restless. Her interactive personality is integral to her work. It is as if all is a performance, and she is one of her own pieces. Eva’s songs are rhythmically constructed with lyrics of her soul, saturated with love, pain and aspiration.
Eva herself explains it thus: “My art is an exploration of truth — truth about the human condition; not just optical truth, for profound truth may also be expressed abstractly.”
Curator, Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery
The assemblage art of Eva Kolosvary-Stupler is essentially an act—and a reenactment—of recovery and survival.It is at once elegiac and lyrical, a mourning of loss and a celebration of life.Tangibly rooted in the material, it resonates with the depths of the human soul and the soaring of the creative spirit.It often weeps with the physical pain of the body and the psychic sadness of our existence, and just as easily breaks into dance and laughter with its joys…
Everywhere in Eva’s work the human anatomy is explored, exposed, probed and prodded mercilessly – and usually not without an uncomfortable dose of rueful humor at its vulnerability to injury and disease….
[G]iven the dark nature of these recurrent thematic notes, Eva never allows herself a moment of self pity.On the contrary, emerging from the darkness there is a joyful lyricism in her work, an energetic spirit of creative play, a wry, persistent humor expressed in sometimes outrageous juxtaposition.She shares her sheer pleasure in the recognition that each of the lost “souls” of her ingredients has somehow found exactly its rightful place in the world again.There is a magic quality to the way in which the disparate pieces are brought together by the artist’s hand in a way that seems entirely necessary and right.It is as though each one had been brought back to life through the formal requirements of art-making.The repetition of structural elements—squares, circles, spirals, boxes, windows—gives reassurance to the eye which might otherwise be turned away by thematic disruptions and disturbing imagery.
It’s important to remind ourselves that Eva is an artist who knows whereof she speaks in the matter of loss, recovery, and survival.As we can’t fail to sense, this is personal work, rooted deeply in the experience of her life….
We are fortunate to have an artist like Eva Kolosvary-Stupler to remind us of what we would too often rather forget:… the vulnerability of the human condition. She reminds us as well of the power of the creative spirit to help us learn to embrace the true nature of our being with passion, humor, tolerance, and love.Her work belongs in a venerable modernist tradition….Her voice, though, is a personal and distinctive one, and a welcome presence in the pantheon of assemblage art.
Kolosvary orders her elements totemically, almost hierarchically, so that they relate organically, or – conversely – syntactically, to one another.As such, they tell Kolosvary’s stories while inviting the viewer’s own interpretations.And they invite viewers into Kolosvary’s sensibility through their sheer audacity and exuberance….
One does not need to know how to read Kolosvary’s symbolic language before beholding her constructions, nor does one need to understand that language accurately.The images themselves, apparitions born (in the best surrealist tradition) of unlikely juxtapositions, manifest the tumult of life, especially as the human form recurs so frequently, and in so many guises….Kolosvary’s assemblages brim with the artifacts of modern (and not-so-modern) civilization, not only left recognizable but engaged in gentle parody of their original use.The pain of toil and the delight of play, childhood innocence and adult shame, obedience and transgression, virtue and vice all burst forth from Kolosvary’s conflations
Writer and critic
Some artists not only transform things, they can transform your feelings and touch your soul.Eva Kolosvary-Stupler is one of these rare magicians….
She transforms …common things into new cultural treasures with a new magic and spirituality for our own time and for the future.