Olivia Bax

Window Shopping I

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Year 2020
Medium Monoprint and etching ink on paper
Dimensions 29.8 x 21.1 cm

About the work

Monoprints are sculptural in that you draw on the back of the paper, and it is a surprise turning the paper around to see what marks have been picked up. I find printing a healthy parallel to have alongside my sculptural work. With this series, I've been using more ink than usual to build up colour. I've also been looking at machinery, filtering systems and window grilles and considering spaces within spaces.

About the artist:

Born 1988 Singapore, Olivia Bax lives and works in London. Graduated from BA Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art, London (2010); and MFA Sculpture at Slade School of Fine Art, London (2016).

The work of Olivia Bax is often characterised by familiar elements such as a hook, handle or vessel presented in unconventional, coloured forms. However, it is the texture of the surface which offers the viewer the most immediate insight. Bax generates her own paper pulp to cover and form a mantle over linear armatures. Moulding each sculpture in this way creates the distinctive texture of the work. Rooted in drawing, the work carries instinctive gestures from start to finish to suggest an action or feeling.

Selected exhibitions include Off Grid, Mark Tanner Sculpture Award Exhibition, Standpoint Gallery, London and touring (2020-2021); Gleaners: Olivia Bax & Hannah Hughes, Sid Motion Gallery, London (2020/21); Chute, Ribot Gallery, Milan (2019/20); Roost, Lily Brooke Gallery, London (2018); Adieu to Old England, The Kids are Alright, Choi & Lager, Cologne (2019/20); at large, VO Curations, London (2018); Harder Edge, Saatchi Gallery, London (2019); Olivia Bax | Milly Peck | Rafal Zajko, Three Works, Scarborough (2018); and A Motley Crew, Larsen Warner Gallery, Stockholm (2017).

Prizes include The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award (2019/20); Kenneth Armitage Young Sculptor Prize (2016); and Additional Award, Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix (2017).

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