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October 2018
Vol. 37 No. 8

A publication of the
International Sculpture Center
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Special Effects: A Conversation with Sofía Taboàs
by Robert Preece
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.

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