Olivia Valentine

In The shadow is my body, I use cast plaster objects as substrates for watercolor drawings and combine these objects with photographs taken of the ground while walking. The spill of light, shadows, and liquids are one way that these works connect, and also work across scales – the discrete plaster objects take on different possibilities through the fractured landscapes and disassociated body parts shown in the photographs. Additionally, these works are quick in their execution – running counter to my usual slow, time-based processes, these pieces are about moments in the sun, single pours of liquid, and the sundial of a body in space.

The titles for From weeping or other causes and Not of Longing, but of Light are both taken from Bluets, by Maggie Nelson.