Australian born artist, Kerrie Oliver currently lives and works in Saskatchewan, Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from COFA, University of New South Wales. Kerrie’s work has been shown in Korea, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. Kerrie draws upon her knowledge of multiple artistic mediums to examine the natural environment.
When I first relocated to the Canadian Prairies I was immediately taken with the endless plains that blended seamlessly with the winter skies. This pristine landscape covered in luminous white powder was a compelling contrast to the sweltering earth tones of my homeland. As one season ends and another begins a ‘hidden’ landscape of shapes and colours is revealed as the snow slowly melts. It wasn’t until the warmer seasons approached that I could begin to understand the shared characteristics of my new home and that of my native land. It’s the intrinsic combination in both landscapes of isolation with extreme climatic conditions that evoke instincts of beauty and fear. This is when my work began to explore an emotional connection with the landscape.
My current work is on paper and it is through the relationship of medium and paper that allows me to create texture, depth and detail. I begin with layers of wash and build from here to create a foundation. From this foundation a more deliberate mark making process begins. Shapes and textures of landscapes are recalled to convey a sense of impermanence, displacement, environmental connection and beauty. In my work I seek fragments of the landscape and draw on memory that eludes to an intimacy that evokes a quiet sense of solitude.
Kerrie Oliver is represented by Curatorial + Co in NSW, Australia.