Everyday artificial materials are utilized in the work of American artist Tara Donovan to make for pieces that imitate organic matter's growth mechanisms.
Experimenting with objects such as toothpicks, foil, straws and buttons, Donovan creates intricate sculptures that give these simple objects an entirely new function. Perhaps what is most impressive about each piece is their almost deceptive nature that invites spectators to carefully analyze and question their initial interpretation of each sculpture. One must then utilize all facets of the sensory system to understand the artist's striking references to natural form such as crystalline growths and organic shapes.
Tara Donovan aims to imitate organic growth systems rather than simulate nature. This pivotal intent draws attention to artificial matter, making for a powerful tension that changes the context of minutiae.
Natural Artifice Installations
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