Olivia Chin, Fog in the landscape at Shark Island KV (detail), 2023, oil on linen.
Olivia Chin, Reflection in the river a Kangaroo Valley (detail), 2023, oil on linen.
Olivia Chin, An H, not an 11 (detail), 2023, installation view at Seventh Gallery.
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Body Field

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

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 headFireworks 2024 and Bright Sparks 2024.

Body Field Workshops
Saturday, 19 October
Saturday, 26 October

Artist Olivia Chin invites young people aged 12 - 25 years to take part in two community arts workshops exploring the restoration and re-naturalisation of Moonee Ponds Creek through art. Participants are encouraged to explore themes of connection and environmental stewardship, while creatively imagining the future of urban environments from their own perspective and experience.Using different creative mediums—including charcoal, chalk, paint, photography, and sound recording—participants are invited to contribute towards the making of a large-scale, collaborative banner, which will be exhibited in the Body Field exhibition from Saturday, 7 December 2024 to Sunday, 19 January 2025.