2 October – 19 October, 2013
Olivia completed her BFA Honours at the VCA in 2011, and is now further developing her arts practice in her Melbourne studio. Motivated by an exploration of place, and the way in which we see and remember with visual cues. Her ceramic work and cast domestic objects come to serve as a souvenir of a foreign place. Woven ceramic laundry baskets, cast Japanese hotel towels, and earthenware territoweling slippers re-occur throughout her practice, providing the viewer with familiar vestiges of our everyday, while questioning their history and material origins. Focusing on objects recognized as both trade and craft, as well as having a unitary geographical and cultural provenience. It is through cycles of production, exchange and distribution that Olivia finds an area of interest. A kind of place, that can be picked up taken home, redefined and put to use – in order to attain an experience of the other. Her installations aim to speak of the possibility of a foreign place, a place that is dislocated and groundless, the space in-between and our
desire for it.