catalogue essay 2009
Helen Maxwell Gallery
Aug 15 - Sep 12, 2009
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The works presented in this exhibition ‘explore the shard, the fragment – that symbol of the fractured self – but without nostalgia for wholeness or hankering for what has been. Instead of resenting shards as pieces of a jigsaw that can be put back together again, or as letters that can be reassemble to form the original words, these new works…revel in the exhilarating uncertainty of tossing things into the air to see where they fall. The random patters that life throws up.’
All of the works are premised on imaginings. For example, in Epicentre, Reconstructing L’Aquila, Tabacco asks the viewer to help her imagine reconstructing her native provincial capital, L’Aquila, destroyed by a devastating earthquake in 2009. At the same time she presents fictitious aerial views of Campania and Umbria. The use of pure gold leaf in some of the works adds surface lustre to the limited palette and also hints at the fragility and preciousness of remembering.
 Fiona Capp, ‘Going to Pieces’, Catalogue essay, Flights of Fantasy, Niagara Publishing, 2009