Artists’ Talk: Jo Hamilton and Irene Hardwicke Olivieri
April 16 5:30 PM Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art 541-346-3027 Website
Born and raised in southern Texas and educated in New York, Irene Hardwicke Olivieri now lives and works off the grid in the high desert of central Oregon. Her intimate knowledge and passion for the natural world pervades her artwork, which expands on her engagement with natural elements to develop complex and idiosyncratic mythological worlds. A diverse assortment of tropical animals and woodland creatures serve as avatars for the artist and her loved ones. Language is also a key element in Olivieri’s painting, where dense layers of poetic, visionary, and autobiographical text are interwoven with the background and figures. The exhibition also features a selection of her inventive sculpture series Paleogirls. delicately articulated mosaics of female figures and hybrid creatures, made from the fragile bones she extracts from owl pellets.