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clearPixel Piranesi - After Us - Olivia Eielson

After Piranesi / After Us
Piranesi, the 18th century Italian artist of melancholy ruins, was my inspiration for this series (which I'm still working on).  The paintings are after Piranesi in the sense of owing homage to his work, and after Piranesi in the chronological sense.  By combining Roman, Greek and modern industrial elements, I suggest that we, like earlier empires, will leave ruins behind us – "after us.".  These ruins are haunted places, and while they may invite exploration, they also warn that the explorer may not return. 

  FLying Figures - Olivia Eielson

Flying Figures
“The Warning” and “The Warning Disregarded” precede the Piranesi series.  The warning angel is trying to tell us – we who are safe inside the window – that our world is in trouble.  Below the angel, a city smolders in polluted air.  In “The Warning Disregarded”, the angel is disintegrating in the acid light and the window that made us safe inside has been broken.  The “Bird that Casts a Dark Shadow” is simply a sort of carrion bird and “Through the Knot” is entirely abstract, but is part of the flying figures series.

  Teapot Fedora Rosie Series Olivia Eielson

Teapot – Fedora – Rosie Series
These paintings, humorous and cheerful, are about a set of props: my old fedora, the Queen of Teapots, an old coffee pot and Rosie, the "daughter" I made on my sewing machine.  Snake, who is also cotton stuffed, was found by a friend at a garage sale and has been Rosie's companion ever since.  All these characters pose for paintings, expressing their feelings about various subjects as they do so.

  Uderwater & Abstract Paintings :: Olivia Eielson

Underwater and Abstract Paintings
I was very influenced by Kandinsky early in my painting career, and noticed that many of his paintings move across the canvas surface, like clouds moving across a window and past, out of view.  Many of the paintings in this series move in a similar way, being caught only momentarily in the picture frame.  In these paintings, I simply enjoy form, color and movement in work that is relatively free of recognizable form (except for occasional sea animals and octopi).