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Eva Schubert, German Migrant & Artist, 1958

Eva Schubert Carving, Nunawading, circa 1990

Image: Eva Schubert Carving, Nunawading, circa 1990

Source: Museum Victoria

Eva Schubert was born in the northern German part of the former Czechoslovakia in 1922. After World War II, Eva and her husband settled in Bavaria, where he practised his trade as a woodworker. Eva began to assist him with his work, which was principally carving for tourists. They found it quite difficult to earn a living as they had to compete with the local woodcarvers.

In 1958 they migrated to Australia, first living in a boarding house in Mont Albert before moving to their own house in Nunawading. Eva began carving animals for the Arts and Crafts Society and continued to assist her husband with larger pieces. When her husband passed away in the 1970s she took on the outstanding orders and began to think of herself as a professional woodcarver.

She has worked with a variety of different woods and her work follows the German tradition of using flora and fauna motifs. The gradual incorporation of Australian flora and fauna motifs into her work coincided with her feeling more at home here.

References
Deborah Tout-Smith & Anna Malgorzewicz (1992). Contemporary Craft and Cultural Identity Project. MoV and Monash Uni History Dept

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  • Carved Wood Panel - 'My Life', Eva Schubert, 1996 Object

    Carved Wood Panel - 'My Life', Eva Schubert, 1996

    Carved wood panel, made by Eva Schubert, 1996. It depicts the artist's life in bas-relief. Eva Schubert was born in the northern German part of the former Czechoslovakia in 1922. After ...

    From: Nunawading, Australia Images: 2
  • Bag - Woodchips, 1996 Object

    Bag - Woodchips, 1996

    Bag of woodchips made and used by Eva Schubert in 1996. These chips were collected from the floor of Eva Schubert's studio in Nunawading. They are the wastage from her carving and sculp ...

    Images: 1
  • Piece of Timber - American Oak, circa 1996 Object

    Piece of Timber - American Oak, circa 1996

    Piece of uncarved American Oak, which was part of the stock that Eva Schubert had for carving in her studio in Nunawading. She wrote the name of the timber on the piece when she donate ...

    Images: 1
  • Chisel - Woodworking, circa 1996 Object

    Chisel - Woodworking, circa 1996

    Chisel used by Eva Schubert, circa 1996, to carve and sculpt wood in her studio in Nunawading. This chisel is actually for use with a lathe however she used it for many years to carve w ...

    Images: 1
  • Chisel - Woodworking, circa 1996 Object

    Chisel - Woodworking, circa 1996

    Chisel used by Eva Schubert, circa 1996, to carve and sculpt wood in her studio in Nunawading. This chisel was a favourite tool of Eva's in her wood sculpting work as is evidenced by th ...

    Images: 1
  • Mallet - Woodworking, circa 1996 Object

    Mallet - Woodworking, circa 1996

    Mallet used by Eva Schubert, circa 1996, to carve and sculpt wood in her studio in Nunawading. This mallet was a favourite tool of Eva's in her wood sculpting work as is evidenced by th ...

    Images: 1
  • Piece of Timber - Queensland Maple, circa 1996 Object

    Piece of Timber - Queensland Maple, circa 1996

    Piece of uncarved Queensland Maple, which was part of the stock that Eva Schubert had for carving in her studio in Nunawading. She wrote the name of the timber on the piece when she do ...

    Images: 1
  • Sketch - 'My Life', Eva Schubert, Nunawading, Victoria, circa 1995 Image

    Sketch - 'My Life', Eva Schubert, Nunawading, Victoria, circa 1995

    Sketch titled 'My Life' by Eva Schubert, circa 1995 - 1996. This is a conceptual sketch sent to Museum Victoria when the carving was commissioned. The finished carving depicts the artis ...

    Images: 1
  • Digital Audio Tape Recording - Interview with Eva Schubert, Melbourne, Victoria, 01 Apr 1999 Audiovisual

    Digital Audio Tape Recording - Interview with Eva Schubert, Melbourne, Victoria, 01 Apr 19 ...

    Interview with artist Eva Schubert about her migration experience and art practice. Eva Schubert was born in the northern German part of the former Czechoslovakia in 1922. After a time ...

    Images: 1
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