Tara Donovan

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Sorry about the lack of posts over the weekend, we had visitors and I just didn’t get a spare minute to update.

I’m a big fan of Tara Donovan’s art. I love the way she uses vast accumulations of objects like polystyrene cups, pins, sheets of glass and drinking straws to make dense, layered sculptures. She stacks the objects but then lets them find their own pattern and form.

Tara Donovan - Haze
Tara Donovan: Haze, 2003

I find the way her work refracts colour very interesting, she often uses translucent materials that become subtly coloured when layered in such large quantities. It seems to me that there’s something about the importance of revealing the hidden in her work.

Tara Donovan - Haze
Tara Donovan: Haze, detail, 2003

I must admit that I was envious when I saw her huge block of pins – although I just don’t work on that sort of scale, I love that she does. The pins aren’t held together with anything other than gravity and their own interlocking chaotic mass.

Tara Donovan - Untitled, 2001
Tara Donovan: Untitled, 2001

If you want to read more about her work, there’s a good review here by Paul Brewer and an artnet interview with Donovan here.

Sorry about the odd formatting on a couple of the images in this post, I can’t work out why it’s doing that or how to fix it.

I am an artist & purveyor of obsessive projects based in Hebden Bridge, England. My work involves the accretion of large numbers of small objects - pins in fabric, knots in string or hundreds of envelopes - to make sculptures that deal with fragility, loss, repetition, obsession and time.

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