Based in Los Angeles, Olivia Denis is exploring how contemporary American life can feel disassociated from the landscape. Her sculptures incorporate imagery from activities through which we learn about our environment: recreation, travel, photographs, maps, data and consumption habits. Combining layers of this imagery within one sculpture captures our fragmented notion of the landscape in contemporary life.
Wanting to form stronger connections between people and the landscape carries into her interest in studio furniture. As a practical commodity that is controlled by one designer and maker, studio furniture is able to form transparent connections between consumers and the source of their goods. Her furniture designs are driven by an exploration of how wood can be manipulated and showcases its physical attributes.
In 2008 Olivia earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in sculpture. She expanded her technical expertise in woodworking and furniture construction at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine and subsequently completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in furniture design and woodworking. In 2012 Olivia received a Mitchell Institute Fellowship and in 2014 was a Niche Award finalist in furniture.