A cross-section of rocks and sediment, 'Blue Birds II' resembles an educational geographical model of the White Cliffs of Dover. To wartime soldiers returning from France, the cliffs were emblems of home, and by fixing her sculpture to the wall, Kovats literally recreates that view. In the 1940s Vera Lynn's song "(There'll be blue birds over) The White Cliffs of Dover" epitomised the faith and hope of wartime Britain. Kovats' work reinforces the national identity, history and nostalgia deeply encoded in the geology of the Cliffs.
Tania Kovats was born in 1966. She studied at Newcastle Polytechnic (1985-88) and at the Royal College of Art (1988-90). Solo exhibitions of her work were held at Asprey Jacques (London, 2001) and the New Art Centre, Sculpture Park and Gallery (Salisbury, 1999). Kovats received a Civic Trust Award for outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the environment in 2000. One of Kovats’ recent projects included a commissioned ceiling painting for the Central Hall at the Natural History Museum (London, 2009) to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. She had a solo show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2008 and took part in ‘The White Show’ in Bradford in 2010.
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