EveNSteve Schaub, We Are Resting

EveNSteve is the creative team of author Eve O. Schaub and artist Stephen Schaub. They met in the Rochester Institute of Technology’s photography program in 1995, and have worked side by side ever since, each creating their separate projects but always in consultation with each other.

 In 2019, Stephen and Eve O. Schaub formed EveNSteve and began collaborating on monumental artworks that incorporate both photographic imagery and handwritten text. In doing so they bring together their diverse strengths to create exciting new mixed-media works that incorporate a variety of disciplines: innovative photographic techniques, works on paper, collage, creative and historical writing, and installation.  

 In early March of 2020 when the pandemic was causing the closure of virtually all area art venues and shows, the creative team of EveNSteve felt a real urgency to bring in-person artwork to their community. They began by building a series of monumental outdoor artworks in the hayfield across the street from their home and called it “Drive-By Art.”

 These four collaborative works— soon to be five— all employ EveNSteve’s combination of photographic imagery and hand-painted text and are currently on display at 671 River Road in Pawlet, Vermont, free and open to the public to view safely throughout the fall and early winter of 2020.

We Are Resting is a natural extension of this new series. What began as a safe way of bringing art to viewers during the time of quarantine has grown to also be concerned with the pivotal and controversial issue of monuments in our culture.

What if all our monuments were temporary? Would they better reflect our contemporary values? Monuments to Now are large-scale temporary artworks which that ask the viewer to consider what constitutes a monument, and what values, history, and culture we celebrate.

Specifically, We Are Resting makes reference to Grandma Moses (“We Are Resting” was the title of one of her paintings) as well as to the current pandemic (the color of the sky references the “yellow flag,” an internationally recognized symbol for contagion). The line of text in the sky: “Keep your secrets under my hat,” references a theme of bodily confusion and ambivalence, and asks the viewer to consider the dream-like idea that our bodies not be discrete entities, but fluid and interchangeable instead.

To see more of EveNSteve’s work visit evensteve.com