Aug 27, 2019 - Sep 25, 2019
Olivia Harwood is currently studying at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Her work pertains to memory, objects and people within them, and how they can be connected to her future by using pattern and paint. Born in San Diego, California, but raised in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Olivia Harwood was always involved in painting. It allowed her to focus on something that could be expressive, but also allowed her to have control over what she was creating. This Tiny Thumb Gallery show will be Olivia’s first solo show and showcases her pattern derived work with objects from past memories.
Our memories of past experiences are always influencing us. They constantly change our opinions and choices. I intend to show my specific memories by incorporating objects, figures and landscapes conveyed by patterns, fields of color and detail oriented moments. The memories do not necessarily need to connect because the connection is how each one is individual to its own. Detailed rendering is a way to show these specific moments as close as possible to how I remember them, but by conveying them in a more graphic and segmented style, they are not as clear. I focus on dark and macabre concepts which allows me to showcase them in colors that are considered primary and elementary without having an intense horror front. I have developed step by step processes, specifically for my oil paintings that aids formal qualities, but also allows the content to come forward. Blocking out patterns or fields of color and then layering objects and scenes on top, helps act as a spotlight on these chosen memories.