Athena Tacha

Sculpture & Photographs

Well known as one of the country’s 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 artist’s 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 sculptor’s 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 country’s 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.