Olivia Savage

My work exists in two forms. 

~In the Moment~

And in Preservation

Predominantly in the form of performance or sculpture, my practise focuses on the involvement and disruption of myself with my materials. I choose to use malleable materials such as clay and plaster that I can spend time interacting and battling with. By physically putting myself into my work, I embark on experiences that allow me to get to know a material on a vulnerable level, as well as subjecting myself as vulnerable to my viewer. The meeting is soft and intimate, which I will then accompany with the interruption of uncomfortable noise and unwanted injections of industrial tools. On a journey of 

squeezing squelching tugging pinching feeling ripping rolling crunching stroking poking gripping,

I come to understand the individual characteristics of a material, and in this way am able to bring it to life, ending my performance with a clearly worked into but seemingly unfinished creation. The harsh contrast between a supple material and rigid tools such as nails or rope, emphasises the battle within ourselves that is between the want and the should not.

My work is a process of feeling, not thought. 

My practise explores the notion of the inner self in this way. The recognition of “self”, whether that be self-awareness, self-confidence, self-esteem and so on, may come natural to some and yet exist as somewhat of an enigma to others. For me, it is an ongoing investigation. Having experienced anxiety in different forms throughout my life, I have undergone therapies that explored the roots of my emotions and worked through methods that put me in touch with them, in an attempt to come to understand and cope with them. My approach to the idea of self focuses on the element of thinking known as the subconscious. 

This is the want response.

The uncontrolled, unsolicited, unapologetic response.

It lives inside a person,

trapped in a body

Unseen. Unwanted.

Heard. Felt.

It is the enigma

I seek not to invade upon my own or my viewer’s subconscious, that would be unethical. Rather, I use therapeutic techniques in my practice to tread along the bridge that lies between the conscious and subconscious. By balancing on this tightrope, I bring awareness to the unaware, uncertainty to the certain and celebrate uncomfortability.