Growing up, art class was always Olivia’s favorite and her peers promoted this with paintbrushes and polymer clay.
Olivia began her journey at the University of North Florida, where she designed and built a large-scale Jumbo Shrimp sculpture. That same year, 2018, she performed at the International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art in Scranton, PA. Olivia had the privilege of displaying her artwork at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2018, where she was selected to build the large-scale Deer sculpture that currently resides in Hemming Park. Olivia graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Florida in 2019, and held her Senior Exhibition at CoRK Arts District. She received Outstanding Sculptor Honors from the UNF Faculty upon graduation. Olivia’s gallery work was displayed interstate for the first time in 2019, at Sloss Historic Furnaces, AL. She continues to participate in projects for the local community, such as the Mayport Road Mural Project.
Olivia has participated in many exhibitions, preceding and succeeding graduation. She is currently on the board of directors for a gallery in Atlantic Beach, Word Revolt. Olivia was employed as the Exhibit Manager at The Museum of Science and History, but recently chose to explore teaching as an Art Teacher at Fort Caroline Middle School.
Looking forward, Olivia plans to attend graduate school.
My creative process first involves brainstorming, then sketching before plunging deep into the artwork. I incorporate welding, woodworking, powder coating, casting, sewing and found natural elements into my pieces. Understanding the limitations of the materials that I work with–and finding suitable materials to complete the project–are crucial to my process.
As a sculptor, I emphasize the contrast between familiarity and discomfort in an attempt to explore flaws within. Skulls and bones punctuate my work with tiny reminders of mortality. By nature, all organic things degrade and fall apart, this process cannot be controlled. To balance the harshness of nature, I choose to incorporate more domestic materials such as yarn and fabric–a nod to femininity. Something surreal and animal-like emerges, some characters are more friendly than others.
The creation of something new: whether it be cast iron, cast aluminum, or cast resin, they all fascinate me. Casting involves making a mold of an object and then filling the void inside with new materials, ultimately replacing and/or copying the original object. The community around casting—and public sculpture in general—is dear to me, as it would not be possible to create large, complex works alone. As a feminine fabricator, I wish to break the mold that women are expected to fit into by working with unusual materials and strange subject matters.