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Biography

Olivia Mae is a 22 year old multidisciplinary artist born in Three Forks, Montana, working in Boston, MA. Her work straddles the line between fine art, and camp.  

Artist Statement

In writing about my work, I have decided that it would best serve the  viewer if I were to split up my artist statement into two parts instead of one. This body of work has layers to it, starting with the notion of the hierarchy of aesthetics. Stemming from that comes the rejection of explicit commentary and the expectation of content over form. Lastly underneath that, is whatever meanings the viewer can excavate through context clues, personal bias, or just plain vibe. Because nothing about the third layer is explicit in the work, and any real personal or narrative meaning is merely secondary and not integral to the understanding of the work in any way, I shall only be discussing the first two parts.  

Part 1: The hierarchy of aesthetics. This body of work is designed to compress the gap between what we associate with class and what we associate with camp. In the overlap of these two aesthetic worlds we find excess. Using a modern color palette over the unconventional surface structure of foam, the works are meant to entice the viewer on looks alone. Formal painting language and techniques are utilized, alongside materials traditionally associated with craft in order to create a world that is both opulent and accessible. No one would dare call a Manet painting tacky, and no one is going to call a candy wrapper fine art, but when the two are placed within the same work, where on the spectrum of cheap vs. class does it fall?  

2: Rejection of content. These works do have content, yes, but as a whole the work does not have an explicit theme to which they adhere. These works act as dreamscapes. Much in the same way that memories will blend together in order to create dreams in the subconscious, these works blend together visual influx (cartoons, landscapes, text, etc.) with thematic emotional underpinnings such as rejection of expectation or wealth status. These elements combine to create a portrait of inner state.  Various female forms appropriated from historical media gaze back out from the canvas, acting as a stand in for my own self perception. Each figure represents a facet of self. Each compositional element, or found object is a reflection of my metaphysical surroundings. Ultimately the real narrative of each work is left up to the interpretation of the spectator. How much meaning is derived is up to them to decide, and if one is not in the mood to excavate content, then the work serves simply to look pretty.  

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Olivia Mae Junkin - Yeux Sans Visage
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Acrylic and oil on foam and canvas, 30” x 40”, 2021
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Olivia Mae Junkin - Whats For Lunch?
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Olivia Mae Junkin - Rabbititis
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Acrylic, foam, and found objects on canvas, 36” x 18”, 2021
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Olivia Mae Junkin - UGH!
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Acrylic, glitter, and rhinestones on foam, 4” x 3” x 1.75”, 2021
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Olivia Mae Junkin - Untitled Sculpture 1 (Chicken)
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Acrylic and rhinestones on foam and found objects, 2.5” x 2.5” x 7.5”, 2021
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Olivia Mae Junkin - Untitled Sculpture 2 (Sweetheart)
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Acrylic and rhinestones on foam and found objects, 12” x 10” x 14”, 2021
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Olivia Mae Junkin - Material Sunsets
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Acrylic, glitter, and found objects on canvas, 16” x 20”, 2021
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Olivia Mae Junkin - Kewpie
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Acrylic, foam, and found objects on canvas 24” x 30”, 2021
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