Bronze, copper, paint, patina
78 x 120 x 175 cm
Born in 1968 Cosenza, Italy Tatiana Trouvé’s sculptures respond in an associative and philosophical manner to architectural forms. They often recall interior spaces and examine the conventions of design in order to speculate on the conditions for intimacy, shared experience and human dwelling. Her recent works take the form of lean-tos and huts, made of both ephemeral and more lasting materials, some bearing handwritten labels, markers and scratches. These simple, home-like structures are at once ancient and – in an age of mass migration – all too contemporary. Trouvé has cast cardboard huts in bronze that view contemporary realities with a longue durée understanding of cosmic and earthly life cycles. SOMEWHERE IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM (2016–17) incorporates a chart of contemporary migration patterns, superimposed onto a map drawn by Giovanni Francesco Gemelli Careri representing the apocryphal Aztec migration from Aztlan. While the lean-to structures might connote safety and security, their design and use of material equally evince temporariness and precariousness of shelter, and the fragile life of the universe.
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