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Tania Kovats, MA Drawing course leader, exhibits in Edinburgh

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25 March 2014

Tania Kovats, Sea Mark, 2014 (Background) Reef 1 and Reef 2, Glazed ceramic tiles on board. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Ruth Clark

Tania Kovats, artist and MA Drawing course leader, has a solo exhibition Oceans currently showing at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, until 25 May 2013.

This new exhibition focuses on her fascination with the sea, and includes an artwork that brings together water from all the world’s  seas and oceans, collected with the help of a global network of people.  This work, entitled All The Sea, comprises seawater that has been sent in from across the world and has been logged, labelled, measured and decanted by Tania into a library of 365 glass vessels.


Tania Kovats, All the Sea, 2012–14, Seawater, glass, cork, oak. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Ruth Clark

On her website about the piece, Tania describes how “All the Sea takes the form of a library of bodies of water, from the Adriatic to the Yellow Sea. It also represents an archive of moments in time, recordings of 250 human experiences with – and most probably in – the sea, capturing in bottles a substance that otherwise slips through our fingers.”

Listing the contents of the work, she explains that there are “365 bottles in the work, 250 donations, 97 seas in the work, 37 seas that we didn’t get, which appear as empty bottles in the work”.


Tania Kovats, Schist 32, 7, 9* , 10, 11, 14, 30, 2001 and Tania Kovats, Mountain, 2001. Courtesy the artist, *Private collection. Photo: Ruth Clark

Tania isn’t looking for any more seas unless you can help to complete the collection. Below is a list of the 37 seas Tania did not receive:  Amundsen, Arafura, Aral, Banda, Beaufort, Bellingshausen, Bering, Bismarck, Bohol, Bothnian, Camotes, Celebes, Ceram, Chukchi, Davis, Dumont d’Urville, East Siberian, Flores, Halmahera, Kara, King Haakon VII, Labrador, Laptev, Lincoln, Mirtoan, Molucca, Okhotsk, Pechora, Philippine, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Samar, Sargasso, Savu, Sibuyan, Solomon, Visayan, White.

If you are able to collect any of these missing seas, she asks that you please the collect seawater in a bottle, label it with the name of the sea, package it up and send it to The Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DF.

You can find the list and map of the seas here.

Tania Kovats makes drawings, sculpture, installations and large-scale time-based projects exploring our experience and understanding of landscape. She
is best known for Tree (2009), a permanent installation for the Natural History Museum in London; and Rivers, an outdoor sculpture in the landscape of Jupiter Artland outside Edinburgh.

If you can’t make it to Edinburgh, you can take a look at this short film of Tania talking about the exhibition:

Find out more about MA Drawing at Wimbledon on our course page.

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