Tania Kovats

orgasm (no. 23)

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Year 2020
Medium Aquarelle pencil on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21.1 cm

About the work

This is a drawing from a set of drawings made during the Covid19 Pandemic Lockdown that are made through touch and reflect on how human touch has been associated with contamination. The drawing is durational. It is made with my left hand mirroring my right hand bringing me to orgasm. The drawing appears to be an abstract expressionist gesture that also describes the vagina.

About the artist:

Born 1966 Brighton, Tania Kovats lives and works in Devon. Graduated from BA Fine Art, Newcastle (1988); and MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art 1990.

Kovats’ practice is an exploration of our experience of landscape. Most recently this has focused on the element of water and is increasingly driven by environmental concerns. Her work includes temporary and permanent sculptural works often in the public realm, drawing and writing. Kovats is an advocate for drawing in its expanded field, as a highly significant tool of thinking and expression.

Selected exhibitions and commissions include Head to Mouth, commission for Berwick Gymnasium (2019); WELL, commission for Design Exhibition Scotland (2019); The Space of Reading, permanent commission for New Bodleian Library, Weston Library, Oxford University (2018); Troubled Waters, Phoenix Gallery, Exeter (2018); Future Knowledge, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (2018); BLEACHED, Commission for Hull City of Culture (2017); TIDE, Commission for National Trust (2015); Evaporation, Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester (2015-16); Watermark, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (2015); Oceans, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2014); RIVERS, commissioned for Jupiter Artland Scotland (2012); and TREE, commission to mark the Charles Darwin bi-centenary for the Natural History Museum, London (2009).

Selected awards include Arts and Humanities Fellowship at Exeter University for the Global Systems Institute Launch (2018); Fleck Fellowship Banff Centre for the Arts (2017); Tideway’s Inaugural Artist in Residence on the River Thames (2016/17); shortlisted for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women (2015); and Henry Moore Drawing Fellowship, UWE, Bristol (2004/5).

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