Olivia’s glass-based lighting has grown naturally out of her sculpture practice and speaks to her desire to see glass take on a more varied presence in our immediate environment. Some of the lamps play on the spectrum of tension integral to glass, while others are meant to put the body in relation to glass in a new and dynamic (even intimate) way.
For the past decade, Olivia has been practicing as an artist, while also teaching art to design and architecture students, which has informed how she thinks of design as it relates to art, and how materials reflect that.
Lamps as an interloper between design and art.
The collection is handmade in Los Angeles using local sources, glass blowers, fabricators, and electricians.
STATEMENT FROM THE ARTIST:
Glass and other transparent materials have been the focus of my practice for the past decade because of their meta-dimensional qualities… because of the expansion and extension that comes from dimensional indeterminacy… because of the multi-faceted speculation that those materials call for… because glass is a “technology” that has travelled alongside us in shared fragility for thousands of years… because the way that we employ glass in the built world reflects our cultural postures at large… because of glass’ occult qualities… and because it’s a material that speaks directly to our nerves.
I’ve generally taken a brittle and provisional approach to glass, born out of a desire to illuminate the messiness and clarity and the ruse of stability. I’ve taped fabricated and found parts together, painted with intricate watercolor only to be brushed off by passers-by, used tenuous adhesion to cobble together slumped and melted mirrors, made acrylic shadow paintings on glass planes that could be pealed off the surface, positioned glass floor pieces in footpaths poised to break, and had musicians play on my glass drum sculptures. Recently things have shifted and I am more interested in the hot shop – in glass as fluid, erotic, and as “what we imagine knowledge to be: dark, salt, clear, moving, utterly free.” (Elisabeth Bishop)