Olivia Drain

Olivia Drain - BA (Hons) Fine Art

Even though shapes can be found everywhere they aren’t a popular topic to be explored within arts such as colour systems. I am a painter inspired by the natural world's shapes and mystery of uncertainty. I’m creating a celebration and unity of colour, form, and marks which have conflicting qualities between light and shadow, emotion, and execution, colour and line. These are then expressed in my collage works feeding into my scans to influence my final paintings further. Using Chance to influence my making as a compositional principle, it allows support to navigate placements of compositions by allowing them to fall to the unknown placements. As I find these layers overlapping with one another there are forms colliding and the painting descends into a wonder of action and associative references to experience, memory, and perceptions which are entangled together. I found that a lot of good can come from taking chances, as I focus and enjoy the endless possibilities given. 

I found that ‘the aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance’ - Aristotle and with that I could say things with colour, shapes, and marks that allowed an explosion of abstraction to absorb and adapt to the limitations and challenge within this fragmented territory that I am exploring.