The work of Tania Kovats deals with the experience and understanding of landscape, making work that focuses on sculpture and drawing, and the territory in between.
Often making work for the public realm, Kovats was commissioned to make TREE, a permanent installation for the Natural History Museum to mark the bicentenary of Charles Darwin. TREE is made from a 200 hundred year old oak; a wafer thin longitudinal section of its entire structure – roots, trunk, and branches – inserted into the ceiling of the Natural History Museum. For Rivers, 2012, Kovats collected samples of water from one hundred rivers around the British Isles, housing the collection in a specially constructed boathouse, displayed in the landscape of Jupiter Artland outside Edinburgh.
Kovats has exhibited widely both in the UK and abroad, and her sculptures and drawings are in many public and private collections including the Arts Council, The British Council and the V&A. Kovats was appointed the Henry Moore Drawing Fellow in Bristol in 2004 – 2005 when her interest in drawing intensified. In 2005 she published The Drawing Book. A survey of drawing: the primary means of expression, presenting her personal exploration of the medium.
Kovats has recently completed a residency in the Astronomy Department at the University of Cambridge, and is course director for MA Drawing at Wimbledon College of Art, London. She has been awarded the Cape Farewell Lovelock Art Commission for 2015 and is showing work during the Venice Biennale 2015 at the Palazzo Garzoni.