||Tara Donovan I Residency from January to June 2006
Tara Donovan creates sculptures from everyday materials and objects that she amasses in order to obtain abstract volumes of confusing textures, at once familiar and incongruous, that can evoke clouds, landscapes, and rock formations. The assembly of an imposing number of identical objects causes a sensation of the infinite for the viewer. The forms are dictated by the material used, where, conversely, they enter into evident contradiction with those forms, provoking an almost surrealist discrepancy.
One can see in Tara Donovan's work a certain relationship with minimalism, in the accumulation of identical objects and materials, in the repetition of motifs, and in the relationship between the sculptures and the space they occupy. Her work is a borrowing from the sensual, from references to landscape and nature.
At the Atelier Calder, the artist produced a work composed of a succession of glass pieces of differing sizes broken and then assembled. This monumental work produces the effect of strata, comparable to those found in nature, or of a chain of mountains.