These sculptures by Tania Kovats draw from geography as an historical record. Her works take on the appearance of sections of the earth, extracted from their origins and constructed with both scientific and artistic precision. Paradoxically both abstract and accurate, these various geo-projects are Kovats’ own interpretations of the landscape genre. As the artist describes,
“The landscapes that interest me the most are geologically explicit landscapes where you can clearly read the narrative of formation or erosion. This leads me to landscapes that are often remote – cliff edges, deserts, odd geological incidents… The way our experience of landscape is culturally mediated is of central concern to me. Much of my thinking over the last few years has meant I have looked to geology to help read landscape to further understand how landscapes are made outside of what we affect upon them. No landform exists forever but only within a particular time span in the earth’s history. I see landscape as a series of incidents coming into being.”
See more of Kovats’s land projects here, here, and here.
And, “Is Geography the New History?” – a 2009 article in the Economist.
- Erin Saunders