Lovie Olivia…even her name inspires beauty…
We feel so honored here at Spacetaker to be showcasing Ms. Lovie Olivia's brand new body of work, titled "Thrice Removed," beginning Saturday, August 28 through September 18.
Please join us for the Opening Reception of "Thrice Removed" this Saturday, August 28 from 6-8pm at our ARC Gallery (2101 Winter Street, Studio B11). Along with Lovie's fabulous new work to peruse, there'll be booze along with hors d'oeuvres provided by "Sheila's Kitchen," and vocal entertainment by Lisa E. Harris.
Although her past includes some formal artistic training, including graduating from Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Lovie Olivia has always relied on her independent studies of art, culture, music, literature and history to influence her work. She has exhibited her works at The Community Artist Collective, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Arthello Beck Gallery in Dallas, Project Row Houses here in Houston, and most recently, Lawndale Art Center in a collaborative show called “DARe to go FURther.” Olivia is also a recipient of an Individual Artist Grant Award, funded by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.
What is your biggest inspiration as an artist?
The ability to make my thoughts and ideas tangible; to have a visual conversation, a connection with the audience without uttering a word.
Describe your artistic process.
I am a multimedia artist. I use many different materials and practices to arrive at my visual inquiries. Right now, the techniques I use most often are Sgrafitto and Fresco. Sgrafitto is the marking, scraping and incising of plaster, wood, marble etc. Frescoes are created by applying natural pigments to wet plaster panels. I have given my own personal and modern adaptation to both of these old world techniques by using various materials and mediums like installations, film and sound to accompany the paintings I create.
Who or what has been the most influential to your work?
At this moment, identity is a very important subject to me. I explore my personal history and ancestry through the women in my life, particularly those with complex identities. I am influenced by the conversations we have, the issues we share as well as the troubles and triumphs we face. With my works I can visually initiate conversations – spoken, written or silent.
What’s your favorite part of being an artist in Houston?
There is something yummy brewing in Houston right now. I think it is a renaissance of sorts. Our arts community is flourishing, thriving and becoming more globally visual. I want to be a part of this movement. It reminds me of Harlem in the 1920s and 30s or SOHO in the 1950s and 60s. Based on the number of working artists, I read somewhere that Houston has the third largest art market in the country. We have great galleries, museums, theatres and a terrifically supportive community to go along with it.
Here's a preview of a few of Lovie's new work: