Canadian Artist, Olivia Rozema, was born and raised in Grimsby, Ontario. She received a BaH in Visual Art and Classics from McMaster University in 2014 and an MFA at the University of Regina in 2016. She is currently a long-term artist in residence at Medalta Historic Clay District.
Olivia has an obsessive interest with biological processes that are often associated with the abject and grotesque. She reframes the subjects of her obsessions as large scale formal ceramic sculptures by magnifying them in size and transforming surface. Mimicking the aesthetic of fossils, these ceramic sculptures are approachable in a way that natural specimens often are not; inviting the audience to examine and scrutinize what otherwise might repulse them. Her subjects are made strange in both form and texture in order to increase the length of perception because perception is an end in itself, and must be prolonged.
Olivia's sculptures embody a type of self-knowledge. Their forms suggest something we feel we should recognize but cannot place. These forms, removed from their natural context and enlarged, reside in the space between the familiar and the unfamiliar, dramatizing the often anxious relationship between inside and outside, and our general disassociation from the parts that make up wholes.