From a distance, Donovan’s Untitled (Toothpicks) evokes Minimalist sculpture in its simple cube form. However, upon closer inspection, this cubic “hay bale” reveals itself as a solid mass of toothpicks. No glue or adhesive holds the form; the shape of the toothpick naturally locks in a lattice. Donovan’s sculptural objects and installations are always based on the physical properties of a single, accumulated material, including paper plates, plastic drinking straws, and straight pins. When grouped together, the individual components transcend their materiality to become something magical and completely new.

Tara Donovan
American, born 1969
Untitled (Toothpicks), 2004
Wood toothpicks
Purchased through the gift of James Junius Goodwin, 2009.10.1

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