Olivia Leven is a Glasgow Based artist recently graduated from the Glasgow School of Art, Fine Art, Painting and Printmaking. Olivia’s work is concerned with the mechanics of narrative acts. She uses art making as a language system, exploring the indexical properties of materials, objects and forms and their role within a narrative. She uses various mediums as vehicles for this narrative world building, creating a series of fluid ontologies through drawing, film, painting, poetry and installation. Her recent video work ‘Scrubbing the bone’ is set to feature in a series of international exhibitions. Keep in Touch Gallery, Seoul and the Centre for contemporary arts, Glasgow.
The work uses acts of making to create a narrative meta work. Using various analogue and digital mediums as vehicles for this narrative world building, the work forms a series of fluid ontologies. An ecology of narratives formed through art making, reflecting each other like a mirrored mesh. A space wherein art making acts as a language system, exploring the indexical properties of materials, objects and forms. The work documents and gives form to encounters with self and other, analogue and digital, drawing and writing, process and intuition, human and non-human. A fluid constellation of narratives, a reconciliation of the categorizations of ambiguous narratives into dualisms. A meta work that synthesizes art making as expression and process as narrative. Work that sits in the troubled space between subject and object. A malleable world space, these narratives are not dictated but felt and encountered, a series of traces.
Work in Progress
Drawings to be printed on PVC mesh banners.
Media: Chalk pastel and pencil drawings of fighter jets, photocopy scans of angel drawings.