For New York-based artist Tara Donovan’s first large-scale solo exhibition in the UK, three dramatic sculptural installations will be displayed throughout the summer programme at Jupiter Artland. Alongside work in The Steadings Gallery and The Goldsworthy Gallery, Donovan will also be exhibiting an installation in Bonnington House’s Ballroom - a space never before opened to the public. Here the artist will present a widespread work constructed from over 500,000 drinking cups; drawn from topographical images, the result is a graphic representation of land surface in a rolling, wandering form.
Presenting large-scale installations that resemble elements of nature under a microscope and cell-like forms or organisms from the depths of the ocean, Donovan’s body of work derives from recognisable everyday items, such as Scotch Tape, drinking straws, paper-plates, needles, plastic rods and toothpicks. The artist often uses thousands of identical items repeated to produce forms that resemble expansive reflections of nature. The items are stacked, glued, cut and assembled until an alchemy is realised, producing a majestic installation. What often appears as precious stones or minerals in Donovan’s work often turns out to be common materials such as plastic buttons or polyester film, such as in Untitled (Mylar), a freestanding sculpture that will be presented in The Steadings Gallery as part of Donovan’s expansive presentation at Jupiter Artland.