Well known as one of the countrys leading artists in environmental
sculpture and design of public spaces, Athena Tacha works concurrently
on smaller sculpture, drawings, photography, film, and conceptual art.
Reflecting the artists love of nature and worldwide travel, in
which she faces a challenge familiar to landscape painters but new to
sculptors, her work captures the awesome scale of a natural setting
and the passage of time as a three-dimensional object.
Small sculptures of archetypal canyons, volcanoes, caves, waves, and
waterfalls, made with an innovative mix of materials, are based on the
sculptors lifelong interest in the forms of natural phenomena.
Her serial photographs contradict the inherent rectangularity of the
medium with an unexpected fluidity.
Tacha has exhibited widely, from the Venice Biennale to one-artist shows
in New York at the Zabriskie and Max Hutchinson galleries, and at Franklin
Furnace. A large retrospective of her public work was organized by the
High Museum of Art in Atlanta in 1989. Her most recent solo exhibition,
a larger version of Small Wonders, was at the American University
Art Museum (the Katzen) in the fall of 2006.
Her work is represented in the countrys leading museums, including
the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, the
Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and numerous
others. Among books on her art, "Dancing in the Landscape: the
Sculpture of Athena Tacha" (Editions Ariel, Grayson Publishing)
appeared in 2000.