Leanne Olivier

Ann Olivier is a South African artist whose practice is immersed in the visual and symbolic storytelling of liminal spaces in the human experience. Her work borrows from different cultures, mythologies, religions and schools of thought while questioning the fallacy of concreteness, placed or misplaced. Her investigation into these narratives often manifests through the shapeshifting of the archetypal Feminine.

Olivier’s classical approach towards figurative realism is blended with earthly matter such as clay, hematite, bone meal, ash, mica and charcoal. These serve as metaphorical conduits; a return to essence. Her process takes place in the suburban cave through a ceremonial collaboration with the people she paints.  Central to Olivier’s practice is the act of becoming and yet, simultaneously the unbecoming of self.