Sofía Táboas, who lives and works in Mexico City, employs a wide range
of unconventional elements, including edibles, plant life, fire (which
has the potential to communicate not just with humans but also
with extraterrestrial life), welded steel cages that are both decorative
and disturbing, and swimming pool "chunks" shaped into sculptural
forms. With an Arte Povera and minimal art sensibility, her works
crisscross across materials, forms, and sensibilities to surprising and
poetic effect. Robert Preece: Garden on the sea (2008)
is magical. How did it come about?
Sofía Táboas: I'm interested in putting
together two elements that we usually find
separated--in this case, trees and plants
living on a boat floating in the water. To
suddenly see them on the horizon makes for
a particularly strange and special effect.
Auguste Rodin, Reclining Woman, undated. Terra cotta and granite,
7.5 x 13.375 x 7.1875 in.