Unfinished at the time of her death, Hesse's so-called rope piece, is constructed of several types of rope, knotted, tangled and dipped into liquid latex. Hesse appreciated this work’s instability and messiness, observing in a 1970 Life magazine article, “This piece is very unordered. . . . When it’s completed its order could be chaos, which is an order in itself. Chaos can be as structured as non-chaos.”

Eva Hesse (American, b. Germany, 1936-1970)
Untitled (“Rope Piece”), 1970
Latex over rope, string, and wire, Dimensions variable
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Purchase with Funds from Eli and Edyth L. Broad, the Mrs. Percy Uris Purchase Fund, and the Painting and Sculpture Committee
© The Estate of Eva Hesse. Hauser & Wirth Zürich London