7 December 2024 - 19 January 2025
Artist(s): Olivia Chin
Location: Boadle Hall
In this exhibition, artist Olivia Chin delves into themes of rest, chronic illness, and the interplay between the human body and the natural world. Grounded in the premise that the interior of the body reflects the exterior of the world, Olivia uses painting as a medium to document her experiences of place and identity. Her paintings reference the complexities of illness, dreaming, disability, pain, strength, and generative creativity. Through expressive fields of colour, gesture, and line work, she presents the intimacy of the relationship between body and nature.
Olivia Chin is a Naarm based multidisciplinary artist whose practice merges sculptural, textile and oil painting disciplines. Drawing from observational research, Olivia playfully departs from traditional life drawing, using gesture, intuition and colour to transport you through time, to explore imagined futures and surfaces with personalities. Her practice is informed by play, meditative deep listening to her surroundings, and exploring the tensions between materiality and time. She draws from her Australian-Malaysian-French heritage to unpack the influences of culture and memory.
Olivia graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture from the National Art School of Australia in 2015, and maintains a consistent practice as an independent artist. Olivia has worked as a sculptor in film settings, and has produced several community engagement art projects. Olivia has had solo and group exhibitions across Australia.
Friday, 6 December, 6-8pm
The opening night, with speeches and a Welcome to Country, will be held at Incinerator Gallery alongside exhibitions Planting a garden in my head, Fireworks 2024 and Bright Sparks 2024.
Body Field Workshops
Saturday, 19 October, 1-3pm
Saturday, 2 November, 1-3pm
Artist Olivia Chin in collaboration with Incinerator Gallery invite young people to take part in two drawing workshops that explore the restoration and re-naturalisation of the Moonee Ponds Creek on Saturday, 19 October, 1-3pm 2024 and Saturday, 2 November, 1-3pm at Incinerator Gallery.
With the use of different mediums, including charcoal, chalk, paint, photography, sound recording, participants are invited to create individual and collaborative responses to the urban and natural environment. Individuals can connect with each other and the landscape, and contribute towards a large scale textile artwork to be exhibited in Boadle Hall, Incinerator Gallery, from Saturday, 7 December 2024 to Sunday, 19 January 2025.
Participants will be encouraged to explore themes of connection to their local ecosystem and community, and share ideas on environmental stewardship while creatively imagining the future of urban environments. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from community groups involved in the creeks restoration.