Tania Babb

“Life, death and love are all that matters really”

Tania Babb was born in Zimbabwe, grew up in Mozambique and now creates her sculptures and teaches ceramics from her studio home in Cape Town, South Africa.

Her work eminates from a fascination with people and their relationships — to each other, to themselves and to other important things or moments in their lives. Tania likes to capture fleeting moments in clay, where a gesture reveals the depth and nature of these relationships, much like an author would reveal these depths with snippets of dialogue: Pets sit selfassured next to their owners on a couch, certain of a place in their hearts, women sit astride hulking African animals, totems of the power they have brought forth, women dance with wild abandon to music only they can hear, celebrating their freedom, couples stand arm in arm, but is he more reluctant than her?

Tania Babb
She has achieved a long list of exhibitions and awards since becoming a full-time artist in the late 1980s.

Tania creates art about women and their relationships - to themselves, each other and other important things or moments in their lives.
Tania Babb
Her art is about the powers of the female archetype and the inherent wisdom of women. She identifies as an African artist for the continent's subtle but pervasive energy which few tangibles have the power to describe. Of African art and ceramics, Tania sees "the colours, the vibrancy, the fresh and new surfaces, the immediacy, {which} to me are all evidence of a rawness that I feel is unfettered and untempered by hundreds of years of civilisation. "

Tania prefers to work in buttery porcelain which she feels has the feeling of human flesh, with all the vulnerability that being human implies.

Each piece is hand made. Tania does not use moulds, therefore each sculpture is an original work of art, even though the motifs and themes which characterise her art echo through the collection.
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