“Who benefits from [one’s] wrestling and struggling with the problems of the self—self as case study, self as raw material—and the tasks, aims and justifications of your actions?” the artist Michaela Eichwald asked rhetorically in a 2016 interview in Frieze. “What does it yield? Is it even interesting? For whom?” Once a literature and philosophy major, the Berlin-based artist produces works that combine the raw material of her life with references to theology, philosophy, and art history. As a sculptor she dumps resin into bags, plastic bottles, and rubber gloves, then fills them with vernacular objects—a wayward chicken bone, an eraser, even a hard-boiled egg. Her paintings are similarly unconventional, a blend of abstraction and figuration that seems to disassociate itself from painterly precedent. This is Eichwald’s first U.S. solo museum exhibition, and it looks at work from the last 10 years. —E.C.
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