The work of Olivia Bax is often characterised by familiar elements such as a hook, handle or vessel presented in unconventional, coloured forms. However, it is the texture of the surface which offers the viewer the most immediate insight. Bax generates her own paper pulp to cover and form a mantle over linear armatures. Moulding each sculpture in this way creates the distinctive texture of the work. Rooted in drawing, the work carries instinctive gestures from start to finish to suggest an action or feeling.
Olivia Bax (b. 1988 Singapore) lives and works in London. She graduated from BA Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art, London (2010); and MFA Sculpture at Slade School of Fine Art, London (2016). Selected exhibitions include: Home Range, Holtermann Fine Art, London (2022); Spill, L21, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (2022); Pah-d’-Bah, HS Projects, London (2021); Off Grid, Mark Tanner Sculpture Award Exhibition, Standpoint Gallery London (2020), touring to Cross Lane Projects, Kendal (2020/21) and Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens (2021); Gleaners: Olivia Bax & Hannah Hughes, Sid Motion Gallery, London (2020/21); Chute, Ribot Gallery, Milan (2019/20); 3rd Edition, Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer, UK (2019); Roost, Lily Brooke Gallery, London (2018); Adieu to Old England, The Kids are Alright, Choi & Lager, Cologne (2019/20); at large, VO Curations, London (2018); Harder Edge, Saatchi Gallery, London (2019); Olivia Bax | Milly Peck | Rafal Zajko, Three Works, Scarborough (2018); A Motley Crew, Larsen Warner Gallery, Stockholm (2017).