No Going Back, Featuring the Art of Olivia Willard

November 22, 2019

No Going Back, Featuring the Art of Olivia Willard

Join Cornerstone Center for the Arts on Thursday, December 5 for the opening reception of No Going Back art by Olivia Willard. The reception will take place in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery on the second floor of Cornerstone from 5 to 7 p.m. in conjunction with December’s First Thursday events.

This mixed media collection draws inspiration from Willard’s early experiences in studying blind contour drawing and the process of fabric absorbing pigment. Wanting to capture the painstaking process of examining and capturing a subject all at once in another challenging medium, she began to explore stitchwork as it shares that “no going back” mentality. Willard loves watching the watercolor seep into a wet fabric and unpredictably stain it. This chaos is clarified with line work from one unbroken stitch on a sewing machine. Her favorite subjects are dream imagery and the human form. She has chosen to display the work in embroidery hoops so the viewer can clearly see how the fabric has absorbed paint, contrasted with the texture of the thread. The final product is a display of pigment and thread as vivid and wildly free as the unconscious mind.

Originally from Northwest Indiana, Olivia has lived in the Muncie area since 2006. She currently lives in Anderson with her Husband Zach and two children, Eloise (4) and Spencer (2). Olivia studied painting at Ball State University, but truly began her exploration of art at the age of three while taking classes at South Shore Arts. Having a lifelong passion for art and the unusual, she collects anything from strange old photographs and prints to doll parts. Olivia draws inspiration from her own journey of learning self-compassion, understanding the subconscious, and finding a place for bright saturated color in a bleak, grey state.

No Going Back will be on display and open to the public in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery throughout the month of December.

For more information about the exhibition call Cornerstone’s Department of Education & Communication at 765-281- 9503, ext. 23 or visit cornerstonearts.org.

 





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