[Tara Donovan, Untitled, made from paper plates]The first time I experienced Tara Donovan's work, my jaw literally dropped. You've probably inferred by now that I enjoy contemporary artwork that is surprising, affecting and unusual or new and innovative. Donovan's work goes fits right into all those categories, and I would add a description of whimsical as well. Donovan's work is usually made up of mundane, everyday objects like scotch tape, finish wire, styrofoam cups and drinking straws to name a few. She transforms these objects (and I don't use the word transform lightly, trust me) into amazing sculptures and installations.
Its fun to interact with her artwork, especially those sculptures that you can walk under or inside. Like this one which I've seen covering an entire gallery ceiling at Ace, as well as the entrance ceiling to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.