Propagation: Mitra Fabian
August 10 – September 22, 2007
Mitra Fabian works with scotch tape, glue or discarded window blinds to create “Organisms” that straddle the line between beautiful and grotesque; benign and malignant. She mimics the process of growth within a context of cultural compromise and expresses ideas about endangered environments in which culture and nature conflict.
Using everyday household materials, Mitra Fabian transforms scotch tape, glue and paper into sprawling floor works and topographies that confound scale. From a distance, the artwork resembles urban developments flowing into the contours of the land. At a microscopic level, the work might be seen as proliferating spores or an aberrant growth, indefinitely spreading.
Fabian’s installation and sculptural works straddle the line between exquisite and grotesque. The objects can be beautiful and benign; made from innocuous materials into sculpture more sublime than threatening. Yet simultaneously, the enigmatic forms seem to be in the process of unchecked growth and glue and tape become disturbingly epidermal.