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Olivia Petrides
updated: 03/25/2016
website: www.oliviapetrides.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Installation, Polar Nights I & II
Polar Nights, Installation
Meltwater
Aurora XXI
Aurora XXI (detail)
Aurora XXII
Aurora XXXII
Aurora XXXII (detail)
Aurora XXVII
Aurora XXIII
Aurora XXV
Aurora XV
Aurora X
Aurora V
Aurora IX
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, gestural, landscape, repetition
 
 
Installation, Polar Nights I & II by Olivia Petrides
Installation, Polar Nights I & II
Ink & gouache on paper
2014 - 2016
Dimensions variable
Polar Nights, Installation by Olivia Petrides
Polar Nights, Installation
Ink & gouache on paper
2014
75" x  312" 
Meltwater by Olivia Petrides
Meltwater
Ink, watercolor & gouache on paper
2015
144"" x  52"" 
Aurora XXI by Olivia Petrides
Aurora XXI
Ink and gouache on paper
2009
58 " x  144 " 
Aurora XXI (detail) by Olivia Petrides
Aurora XXI (detail)
Ink and gouache on paper
2009
58" x  144" 
Aurora XXII by Olivia Petrides
Aurora XXII
Ink and gouache on paper
2012
58 " x  144 " 
Aurora XXXII by Olivia Petrides
Aurora XXXII
Ink and gouache on paper
2012
52 " x  78 " 
Aurora XXXII (detail) by Olivia Petrides
Aurora XXXII (detail)
Ink and gouache on paper
2012
58 " x  72 " 
Aurora XXVII by Olivia Petrides
Aurora XXVII
Ink and gouache on paper
2011
29.5 " x  43,5 " 
Aurora XXIII by Olivia Petrides
Aurora XXIII
Ink & gouache on paper
2012
10.5 " x  22.5" 
Aurora XXV by Olivia Petrides
Aurora XXV
Ink and gouache on paper
2011
10 " x  22.5 " 
Aurora XV by Olivia Petrides
Aurora XV
Ink and gouache on paper
2008
15" x  44" 
Aurora X by Olivia Petrides
Aurora X
Ink and gouache on paper
2007
10" x  30" 
Aurora V by Olivia Petrides
Aurora V
Ink and gouache on paper
2008
10" x  30" 
Aurora IX by Olivia Petrides
Aurora IX
Ink & gouache on paper
2008
11" x  30" 

Artist Statement

My drawings are immersive, large-scale abstractions based on travels to remote areas. I have focused on drawing as a medium because of its direct, elemental and transparent nature.


 In January 2007, I was an artist-in-residence in Akureyri, Iceland, a town just below the Arctic Circle. I requested a winter residency specifically to see the northern lights - the aurora borealis - a spectacular, continuously moving phenomenon caused by atmospheric gases interacting with solar particles. I translated the flux of the aurora into a language of discrete marks and fluid gestures. Like the aurora, each image is a provisional conclusion to an evolving process.

 I am interested in how evocations of sublime natural phenomena resonate with the tensions and pressures of contemporary environmental issues.




 

Artist Bio / CV

OLIVIA PETRIDES
3421 N. Claremont, Chicago, Illinois 60618
Email: opetri@saic.edu

ACADEMIC AFFILIATION
Adjunct Associate Professor, Painting & Drawing; Visual Communications
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

SOLO EXHIBITION

2018    Phipps Center for the Arts,  WI

2017    Brauer Museum, Valparaiso, IND.

2016    Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL, Polar Nights

2013   Gallery Pink, Oak Park, IL, Astral Projections

Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IND

2012     Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL

Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL

2011      Purdue University North Central, IND            

Gallery 175, Chicago, IL

2007    Crown Gallery, Loyola University, Chicago, IL

2006    Peterson Institute, Jamestown, NY
2005    Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL
2004    Hellenic Museum, Chicago, IL

            Carlsten Gallery, Univ. of Wisconsin
2000    Missouri Botanic Garden, St. Louis, MO
1998    Nordic Museum, Seattle, WA, Ice/ Volcano
            Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
1994    American Cultural Center, Reykjavik, Iceland
            Hafnarborg Institute of Art, Iceland


AWARDS
2013   Illinois Arts Council Special Projects Grant                2007    Illinois Arts Council, Governor’s International Award 2003    Margaret Klimek Phillips Fellowship
2001    American-Scandinavian Foundation Award, Greenland
1994    American-Scandinavian Foundation Award, Iceland
1993    Fulbright Award, Iceland

RESIDENCY/ FELLOWSHIPS
1985-2014  Ragdale, Lake Forest, Illinois (20 residencies)

2007    Gil-society, Akureyi, Iceland
2005    Catwalk Residency, Catskill, New York
2002    Virginia Center for Creative Arts
2001    Vermont Studio Center
1995,’98  Natural History Museum, Faroe Islands,               

1993    Kjarval Museum,Reykjavik, Iceland,Residency Fellowship


WORK IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
    Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
    Illinois State Museum, Chicago, Illinois

    Openlands Conservancy, Chicago, Illinois

    Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois
    Hafnarborg Institute of Art, Iceland
    United States National Park Service, Yellowstone, Wyoming
    Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, Massachusetts
    Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Peterson Institute, Jamestown, New York