Surface Tennsion

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Artist Statement:

Balance in the environment is an essential component of basic survival. The more people strive to advance technology at the expense of the natural world, the more humanity loses familiarity with that world, disrupting awareness of one’s surroundings and severing connections with the past.

The intrinsic adaptability of aquatic animals and birds amid an ever-fluctuating environmental narrative is a powerful source of inspiration. By working through animal forms, I explore varied social attitudes, emotions, and personalities. Individual identities, hierarchies, and mutations  emerge within the pieces reflecting positive and negative human interactions with the world. Humanity has become increasingly dependent upon the environment, which has dramatically impacted all ecological and biological systems.

Through my exploration of birds, wildlife, aquatic life forms, and technological elements, I hope to inspire viewers to pause, observe, and reflect upon the state of the environment and encourage a meaningful reconnection with nature.

Olivia Timmons currently resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she is an artist and

educator in the printmaking program at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA and her Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute of Design and Art in Tempe, Arizona. Her work has been exhibited in national and international exhibitions such as the Pacific States Biennial National Print Exhibition at the University of Hawaii in Hilo, Hawaii; 37th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois; American Dream at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Mesa, Arizona; and the 31st Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.