This September, Carpenters Workshop Gallery | San Francisco will unveil Ingrid Donat | Rituals – a mid-career survey of the acclaimed artist’s signature works of functional sculpture. In this long-awaited exhibition, the gallery will showcase pieces that demonstrate the evolution of Donat’s work over the course of her 30-year career.
Ingrid Donat was always creating, first during her studies at Paris École des Beaux Arts and later in life when she began making lamps as presents for friends and eventually created larger pieces of furniture for her home. As her children grew, a friend encouraged her to sell her pieces; it was the overwhelming response from this first sale that convinced her that she could turn this talent into a career.
Over these first three decades of her career Ingrid Donat committed herself to continuous technical improvement, material sourcing and historical research into the artists and designers who inspired her. Donat says of her creative process: “I envision my work as a ritual, a structured repetition in time and space from which an energy emanates. Matter, which I carve as one would practice automatic writing, becomes the substance that cements an unconscious belief.” This exhibition will show the variation in her sculptural designs and the wide range of materials and techniques that are employed in her oeuvre.
The exhibition is accompanied by a monograph dedicated to the artist’s work. Written by acclaimed decorative arts author Anne Bony with the input of renowned interior designer Peter Marino, the monograph takes a look at the last 30 years of the artist’s career and offers an analytical perspective of her body of work.
“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.