TAPTA [1926-1997]

Tapta pseudonym for Maria Irena Boyé, was born in Poland and moved to Belgium after the resistance in Warsaw. She studied textile art at the school of La Cambre (Brussels) and became responsible for the tapestry studio. She was entrepreneurial and renewed the traditional genre of textile art by using structures and ropes. Early on she evolved to sculptural shapes by involving space in her work. She renamed the study to Sculpture souple, which was a better fit to her constant need for experimenting. Drawing and scale modelling show an oeuvre in the making. Her assembly of shapes and materials engage in a dialogue with the surrounding space. Her work is constantly evolving and she loves to set everything in motion. She had a preference for rough materials and started to work with industrial rubber (neopreen), with which she created monumental sculptures for urban spaces. Tapta integrates water and light into her work to give it a new dynamic. Although she never stopped experimenting, she left behind an oeuvre that strives for balance. With their tension and resistance games, the sculptures of Tapta lend themselves to exchange and encounter. The connection of weaving runs like a thread though her work. 

Link to the national biography:http://www.academieroyale.be/cgi?lg=fr&pag=906&tab=102&rec=17673&frm=363