Olivia Baxh

Olivia Bax (b. 1988, Singapore) lives and works in London. She studied BA Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art, London (2007-2010) and MFA Sculpture at Slade School of Fine Art, London (2014-2016).

 

 

"Concrete, bronze & lead: in my one month residency at Lockbund, I had the opportunity to try three new materials. My process nearly always incorporates a three-dimensional linear steel drawing which becomes the framework or armature on to which I add solid sections. To create those in my own studio, I have been mixing my own paper pulp, made by recycling shredded newspapers and discarded household paint.  The material that I produce is light and malleable. So it was quite a departure for me to work with steel and concrete at Lockbund to make 'Hot Air', my first outdoor sculpture.  Nevertheless, some aspects felt familiar.  For instance, I found that I could mix the concrete to a consistency where I was able to pat and smear the concrete in place. Like the paper pulp, the surface recorded the making process. 

 

Having the opportunity to make bronze sculptures was a huge privilege. I was most excited about making the wax sections around the steel armatures and investing the whole sculpture. Lead is the most pliant metal I have used. It was surprising how easy it was to form with a hammer and my hands. 

 

I can see scope to continue exploring work using all three materials. I am so grateful to Simon, Janey and all the staff at Lockbund for giving me their time and expertise and opening my eyes to new possibilities of working."


See more at www.oliviabax.co.uk

 

Lockbund Gallery, Banbury OX 17 1PZ UK. 
+ 44 (0)1295 758066

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