ON DISPLAY FROM MAY 10 - JUNE 12
Olivia Harris is a student at the University of Oklahoma, majoring in Fine Arts with a minor is Psychology. Born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, Olivia moved with her family to Oklahoma in 2010. After graduating from Fort Gibson High School in 2015, she moved to Norman to pursue art. At a young age, Olivia aspired to be a chef, a comedian, or a teacher. As she got older, she knew art and psychology were her passions. Her work primarily consists of drawing, printmaking, and ceramics.
I love creating funky little characters. Over time, I’ve noticed in my work that all these characters are self-portraits in some way. Even though they don’t always look like me, they reflect my opinions and experiences. Many of the ideas that influence my work can be quite dark or personal, such as alcoholism, mental illness, and my queer experience. However, as much as I care about these issues, I find it difficult to be so serious all the time. One of my favorite things to do is make people laugh, so I try to approach these topics with this attitude in my artistic practice. Using bright colors, strange patterns, and a humorous tone, I hope to make viewers less afraid to talk about difficult experiences.