Santa Cruz, Galápagos

Tania Kovats (1966 - )

photo lithograph on paper


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  • About the work
    Country: Singapore
    City: Singapore
    Place: British High Commission
    A faded carrier bag from the shop Proinsular forms the subject of this lithograph by Tania Kovats. Inscribed in Spanish, its circular logo hails the ‘pleasure of buying’ and features a shark, turtle, seagull and seal. Titled after the bag’s place of issue, this work presents the throwaway item as an emblem of how humans consume the landscape. This print was produced alongside her exhibition Oceans held at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, in 2014. Kovats approaches the natural environment both in terms of identifiable places – sites that can be mapped, named, inhabited and scrutinised – and as matter with properties that can be subjected to external forces and potential transformations. In 2000 Kovats received a Civic Trust Award for outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the environment.
  • About the artist
    Born in Brighton, Tania Kovats lives and works in Devon. She studied at Newcastle Polytechnic (1985–88) and at the Royal College of Art (1988–90). Her research-led practice is an exploration of our experience of landscape, increasingly with an environmental focus. Her work includes temporary and permanent sculptural works often in the public realm, drawing, and writing, that consider her preoccupation with water, rivers, seas and oceans. Kovats has received a number of awards, including a Civic Trust Award for outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the environment in 2000.
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    Santa Cruz, Galápagos
    Number 32 in an edition of 100
    photo lithograph on paper
    height: 71.0 cm; width: 44.0 cm
    Purchased from Fruitmarket Gallery, January 2020
    recto: inscribed by the artist 'T.Kovats 32/100', bottom right
    The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh UK; from whom purchased by UK Government Art Collection, 8 January 2020
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