Biography

Olivia Harding is a recent Fine Arts graduate from Chelsea School of Arts. Within her practice she explores ideas around the unpredictability and ephemerality of memory, investigating the dialogue between social history, collective and personal memory. Exploring a tension between abstraction and realism, she aims to conjure the fragile line between artifice and reality to question that which we might consider to be social and political truths. Her work explores the idea of liminal spaces, occupying the threshold between place and time that aligns with a sense of the subconscious or the antilogic of a dream. In her works Untitled, we can see this embodied; the blurred soft lines of the figures mimic that of a scene from a memory. She achieves this through a pentimento technique of layering paint so that elements and figures are partially concealed.

 

Harding describes her artworks and the thought process behind them through the words of Gloria Anzaldúa: “I am interested in the abject ‘borderlands’ between time and place or a Deleuzian sense of ‘milieu’ or ‘in-between’. Through the process of painting, I seek to uncover an underlying sense of disquiet, where the line between theatre and life threatens to disintegrate.”

Works
  • Olivia Harding, Conversations
    Olivia Harding
    Conversations
    60 x 75 cm
    Oil on canvas
  • Olivia Harding, Footsteps
    Olivia Harding
    Footsteps
    120 x 80 cm
    Oil on canvas
  • Olivia Harding, Glance
    Olivia Harding
    Glance
    55 x 45 cm
    Oil on canvas
  • Olivia Harding, Night Dance
    Olivia Harding
    Night Dance
    40 x 50 cm
    Oil on canvas
  • Olivia Harding, Reflection
    Olivia Harding
    Reflection
    45 x 55 cm
    oil on canvas
  • Olivia Harding, Sickness of the Night
    Olivia Harding
    Sickness of the Night
    100 x 120 cm
    Oil on canvas
  • Olivia Harding, Untitled
    Olivia Harding
    Untitled
    120 x 100 cm
    Oil on canvas
Overview

“I am interested in the abject ‘borderlands’ between time and place or a Deleuzian sense of ‘milieu’ or ‘in-between’. Through the process of painting, I seek to uncover an underlying sense of disquiet, where the line between theatre and life threatens to disintegrate.”

Olivia Harding is a recent Fine Arts graduate from Chelsea School of Arts. Within her practice she explores ideas around the unpredictability and ephemerality of memory, investigating the dialogue between social history, collective and personal memory.

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