The Shape Of More Than One
Solo Show By Olga Philip
July 21- August 8
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The exhibition is divided into two parts - The East Wall and the West Wall.
Works presented on the East Wall are small and intimate and were made in 2020. They have to do with shapes gendered using the precise overlay of two or more figures. This was done in order to make a particular shape whose story I would then be interested in visually developing. Read more...
Watercolour 30 x 30.7 cm (Framed) 2021 #1 Price: $725
Black and coloured inks 29 x 38.8 cm 2020 #2 Price: $600
Pencil drawing on handmade paper 41.7 x 19.2 cm 2020 #3 Price: $350
Handmade paper using stencils and ink drawing 33 x 21.5 cm 2020 #4 Price: $120
Handmade paper using stencils and ink drawing 33 x 21.5 cm 2020 #5 Price: $120
Ink on rag paper 47 x 36.2 cm 2020 #6 Price: $400
Linocut, distressed wood and pencil drawing 28 x 38 cm 2020 #7 Price: $175
Pencil drawing on handmade paper 27.8 x 22.4 cm 2020 #8 Price: $225
Pencil drawing on hand made paper 43.3 x 20.2 cm 2020 #9 Price: $350
Coloured inks on a watercolour 42.8 x 30.4 cm 2020 #10 Price: $450
Crayon and coloured ink drawing 34.5 x 24 cm 2020 #11 Price: 325
Watercolour 36 x 51 cm 2020 #12 Price: $650
Ink Drawing 20 x 25 cm 1965 #13 Price: $125
Watercolour 18.1 x 26 cm 2019 #14 Price: $210
Photo etching on handmade paper 37 x 47 cm (framed) 2003 #15 Price: $425
Coloured ink on handmade paper 43.7 x 34 cm 2020 #16 Price: $400
Watercolour and ink 48 x 32.6 cm (framed) 2020 #17 Price: $925
Found, saw-stressed hardwood printed on Japanese paper 85.5 x 50.2 cm 2005 #18 Price: $500
Charcoal on rag paper 76 x 58 cm 1988 #19 Price: $500
Watercolour 51 x 36 cm 2020 #20 Price: $400.00
Dremel tool etching 52.3 x 74.5 cm 2000 #21 Price: $500.00
Watercolour 50.7 x 73.2 cm 2021 #22 Price: $580.00
Acrylic paint on rag paper 56 x 76 cm 1990 #23 Price: $500.00
Charcoal and conte on rag paper 72.5 x 52.5 cm 1988 #24 Price: $500.00
Dremel engraving, wiped a la poupee 56 x 76 cm 2000 #25 Price: $600.00
Charcoal and conte drawing 56 x 75.5 cm 2021 #26 Price: $550.00
Watercolour 70.4 x 54 cm 1970’s #27 Price: $600.00
Woodcut on Japanese paper 1983 14 x 38.5 cm (framed) #28 Price: NFS
Charcoal and Conte drawing Size: 56 x 20 cm 2007 #29 Price: $175.00
By Emily Ratch - (artist's niece) Watercolour Size: 30.5 x 22.8 cm #30 Price: NFS
A background environment was made or chosen for each shape. Watercolour was used for Looking for Higher Ground, Interesting Times and Grief. Found images from my studio were is used as a “contextual” background for Pygmalion, First Love and A Life. Rag and handmade paper were used for the rest of the drawings. Everything seemed collaborative. Note: Chicken man is a fair witness or truth teller in each situation.
Works on the West Wall are large and bold and were made at different times in my career. To find pictures that complemented works on the East Wall I went through and examined every piece I had ever made. Ideas/images I was attracted to were set aside and some are presented here. The show on this wall is thematically varied. Works that still seem fresh and relevant were chosen. Three large pieces were worked on and resolved in 2021. The show’s conclusion is found at the north end of the West Wall. It is a watercolour done by my niece Emily when she was around six years old. I appreciate its sentiment.
Making new work for the show was an emotional treat and a way of dealing with all the challenges of 2020. The basic principles of art making I had learned years ago held me in good stead while I worked. I was a viewer and the doer at the same time, continually making adjustments, especially using the 3 o'clock in the morning solutions. I learned to hold back and suggest things, instead of visually spelling everything out. I tried to keep each work fresh, balancing the visual elements so that there is still tension but also a movement towards harmony. The idea of resolution, resolving each work so that everything feels settled and there is nothing else to do but leave it alone. Even choosing the work for the West Wall was a pleasure, especially to find work that still had relevance for me.
I enjoyed everything about doing this show and I hope the viewer enjoys looking at my collection of visual ideas.
This exhibition is dedicated to my partner and beautiful friend
Joe Motta - June 1927 - May, 2021
And to the two wonderful caregivers
who helped me look after him:
and Jaya Pokharel