Olivia Bernard’s practice includes sculpture, installation and drawing and employs materials such as paper, pulp, mylar, silk tissue, pigments, wood, glass and wax. At WSW, she worked in our papermaking studio on sculptural paper forms meant to be accumulated and exhibited in spatial arrangements. Currently, Olivia uses her materials to focus on the intangible issues of presence, absence, loss, disconnection, and death, and to raise questions of what is real and touchable, what is ungraspable or evanescent.
Olivia holds an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and Tufts University. She has exhibited at numerous galleries and museums throughout New England and taught at many colleges in the Northeast. Olivia divides her time between Western Massachusetts and New York City.
Images (left to right below):
Blue III, chicken wire, abaca pulp, pigments; Pair, plaster, copper, chicken wire, abaca pulp, pigment; Frivolity, chicken wire, abaca & flax pulps, pellon, silk tissue, wire, pigments, wax; Untitled (Glass 8), wax, abaca paper, thread, glass, on steel shelf.
Video: Two Sides of a Window, Victory Theater, Holyoke, MA. Site specific installation for an abandoned, deteriorating theater. Steel rod, steel grid, wire, Japanese papers.