INGRID DONAT | Console Tram (Haute)

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Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Console Tram (Haute), 2008
Limited edition of 8 + 4 AP
46.2 x 50.2 x 13.2 in.


Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Console Tram is a bronze artwork cast in the archaic lost wax technique. Each surface of the matrix is hand carved by Donat to achieve intricate patterns, in a manner similar to African scarification rituals on skin. The complexity of the repetition of lines creates a motif of ‘trames’ as if the metal had been weaved. Console Tram (Haute) is detailed in every facet with extreme intention- an artwork that needs to be touched to be truly appreciated.

“My approach is about imbuing bronze with warmth and vitality by borrowing scarification techniques and visual motifs from tribal societies,” says Donat.

Ingrid Donat is a French- Swedish artist born in 1957. Donat trained at École des Beaux Arts and later she met with Sylva Bernt, who instructed her in the art of sculpture. During the 80’s sculptor Diego Giacometti pushed her to start creating her own furniture.

Now, Donat currently stands as one of the most influential living artists in Decorative Arts. Her sculptured bronze furniture pieces exist as a symbiosis between the sophistication of Art Deco against the force of Tribal Art. Her creations take a painterly approach to the weighty medium of bronze.

Donat draws upon a diverse range of decorating influences including tribal tattooing. The works of Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, and Armand-Albert Rateau have inspired the characters and intricate patterns in her art. Donat crosses time without ever anchoring herself in the trends of the moment.

She expresses a universal language as in the era of the first civilizations. Her timeless work needs to be seen and touched to be truly understood.