Olivia Mansfield’s paintings are figments of fantastical imaginary worlds. They serve as portals to strange distant realms which allude to and echo our own existence. The intuitive nature of Mansfield’s process allows her to engage deeply with the forms which manifest organically in the works. Bodies and beasts, altars, symbols and sacred spaces, caverns, caves and mountains, all exist quietly waiting to emerge from within the delicate but distinct and acute manipulation of paint. Each of her works has roots in classical and historical painting, iconography, theology, culture, religion, ritual and symbolism. These themes converge where time is lapsed and distorted, enabling the landscape and its inhabitants to manifest and nurture an interesting discourse which encompass theory, fact, science and fiction – altogether linked with the apocalyptic force of nature itself.
2011, Chios Veggera Residency, Gallery Kalliopi, Chios, Greece