Throughout her explorations of glass, Moosbrugger has maintained her allegiance to natural stones and the forces of nature recorded in their structure, such as in glacial erratics carried tens or hundreds of kilometers from their origins by glacial advances and retreats. In her oeuvre, there are no more poetic objects than the EQUIVALENTS, a series of diptychs begun in 2002 that play the qualities of glass against granite stones. Moosbrugger spent countless hours scouring Vorarlberg’s hills, rivers, and rock formations to find unblemished stones with perfect form, because she did not want to interfere with nature. Out of hundreds, there were perhaps only two or three she could use, polishing them to bring out variations. She designs the glass partner with a similar shape, but emphasizes the differences in these >equivalents<, using contrasting tones and transparency in marked counterpoint.
Moosbrugger accents the history of the material very consciously to augment the forcefulness and intensity of her art. Equivalent #2, 2003, sets a handpolished granite stone against an opaque crystal created by multiple overlays with deeply engraved lines and curves. The exploration of the contrasting natures of stone and glass is extended in Equivalent #4, 2002, in which sharp demarcations separate the stone into polished and rough components, a demarcation that is repeated on the opaque component and the smooth, polished surfaces of the glass counterpart. The chameleon-like quality of glass in the hands of a highly imaginative artist is remarkable, and part of the great appeal of Moosbrugger’s oeuvre is the door she opens to the infinite possibilities of this most versatile of media.
Cit. Ursula Ilse-Neuman, curator Museum of Arts and Design, freelance curator und author, NY, USA, in EVA MOOSBRUGGER – PURE. Monograph. ISBN 978-3-902612-02-8, pp 69+70
EQUIVALENT #II, 2003
Details: Erratic block: H 14,2 x 33,5 x 18,7 cm, weight 14,05 kg. Glass figure: H 12,7 x 31,2 x 18,7 cm, weight 7,15 kg
EQUIVALENT #I, 2003
Details: Erratic block: H 20,8 x 27,2 x 24,3 cm, weight 19,25 kg. Glass figure: H 19,7 x 25 x 24,2 cm, weight 9,25 kg
EQUIVALENT #VII: THE KISS, 2003
Details: Erratic block: H 10 x 22,6 x 21,5 cm, weight 6,9 kg. Glass figure: H 12 x 23,1 x 21,6 cm, weight 6,9 kg
EQUIVALENT #VI: YES, I DO KNOW YOU! 2003
Details: Erratic block: H 12,5 x 23 x 22,3 cm, weight 8,45 kg. Glass figure: H 13,6 x 28 x 25 cm, weight 10,35 kg
EQUIVALENT #IV, 2002
Dimensions: Erratic block: H 20,8 x 27,7 x 24,3 cm, glass figure: H 11 x Ø 23 cm