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 artist's life in bas-relief.

Eva Schubert was born in the northern German part of the former Czechosolvakia in 1922. After a time as refugees in post war Europe she and her husband lived in Bavaria until immigrating to Australia in 1955. It was in Australia that Eva first began to carve, learning from her husband who was a wood worker who had trained under a master craftsman. After her husband died she took over the business and increasingly developed her own style.

Physical Description

Piece of thin white paper, with a design sketched in blue and black ink. The work is read from the bottom left hand corner and begins in the 1922-1945 period with children playing, woods, singing, fish in the river, then up to a displacement scene of refugees dated 1945 and onto a town scene dated 1945-1955. The top part of the carving shows Melbourne, eucalyptus, parrots, kangaroos, swagman, sheep and the sun.

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