Tara Donovan, material muse

The first study for my Maya class is to create a black and white snap shot using primitive objects. SO I’m encouraged to be slightly more conceptual, a wink at my SAIC days, and found myself looking at some old slides of Tara Donovan.

Using common objects – a comment on waste and reuse? the economy of materials? the value of Art? – Donovan creates a ceiling of billowing Styrofoam cups, a wall of plastic straws, a landscape of tar paper; you have no choice except to inspect the space, to graze over the magnitude and the simplicity.

No comparison with the experience of walking through one of Donovan’s installations, the documented work is still beautiful, animated and luminescent; with elegant simplicity, Tara Donovan’s art offers appropriate inspiration for my homework. A simple object that I can repeat, stack and arrange is ideal, so I’ll borrow the Styrofoam cup…with coffee.


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