Olivia Mansfield's paintings are figments of fantastical imaginary worlds situated within realms which allude to our own existence. The imagery she uses comprises unravelling narratives which display splayed visions and altered expressions of the world around us. Themes stemming from theological backgrounds have direct imagery taken from the Book of Genesis and the Book of Revelations.
She attempts to create a new space and time within the painting, asking the audience to question what they see and where they are seeing it from. Reference to land mass, ancient civilisations and past times both guides and allows you to recognise or to believe that life, humanity, creation, death and destruction have occurred. Time is lapsed and distorted with monumental symbolism, the landscapes create a discourse which encompasses theory, fact and fiction all linked with the apocalyptic force of nature itself. Stories of myth and legend play a huge part in how she builds her worlds in paint.
Olivia studied for a Foundation Diploma in Fine Art at Central Saint Martin's Byam Shaw School of Art before completing her BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University in 2012.
Hypostasis: Solo Show (2014)
The Old Church, Stoke Newington, London
Goldsmiths Fine Art Degree Show (2012)
Goldsmiths University of London
Bleed: Contemporary Art Exhibition (2012)
The Rag Factory, London
Chios Veggera (2011)
Gallery Kalliopi, Chios, Greece
The Group Show (2011)
The Old Police Station, New Cross, London
Open Exhibition Summer Show (2014)
Dulwich Picture Gallery