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Michaela Eichwald, Duns Scotus, 2015, acrylic, oil, wax, and lacquer on pleather, 53 1/2 × 106 1/4".

Michaela Eichwald

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Michaela Eichwald, Duns Scotus, 2015, acrylic, oil, wax, and lacquer on pleather, 53 1/2 × 106 1/4".

Michaela Eichwald’s first solo show in Los Angeles bore a gnomic title—“quo vadis gnothi sauton and cui bono”—that was the result of three phrases in Greek and Latin jammed together: “Where are you going?,” “Know thyself,” and “To whose benefit?” The last phrase is perhaps most familiar, its forensic application so ubiquitous on crime shows, but one might still query its present usage with regard to nine large-scale paintings. While each work’s composition appears to be the product of specific and maybe unrepeatable material alchemies (one was laid outside to dry just as the weather turned, resulting in raindrop-size spots in the varnish), the canvases collectively revealed the guiding presence of their maker. Eichwald was catholic in her selected media of acrylic, oil, tempera, and lacquer, as well as graphite and wax in some instances; the overlays born of their

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