Olivia is an emerging artist in the disciplines of jewellery and design. Her interest in making jewellery was sparked through a chance meeting with a South American jeweller whilst she was travelling in Africa. Her inspirations come from deep within the wild places in Tasmania, with a particular focus on vulnerable places.
Olivia works mainly in silver, casting organic objects that are mostly Gondwanen in origin. She is intrigued by and continues to explore how talismans connect people to place and how they in turn become tangible reminders of place.
Her work is influenced by the concepts of sculpture, land art, wilderness photography, printmaking, environmental education and the discourse in contemporary jewellery.
Being in place and exploring the wild places of Tasmania is intrinsic to Olivia’s arts practice. Her philosophy of connecting people to place means that her work is interpretive in nature, giving rise to a particular authenticity within her work. She explores how different art mediums fill the space between the ephemeral elements of place and the materiality of jewellery.
2011 – 3 day workshop at Sydney Community College
2012 – 10 day Macgregor Summer School
2013 – Diploma of Visual Arts – Jewellery; Tas TAFE Hobart
2014/2015 – Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts – Jewellery; TasTAFE Hobart
August 2014 –February 2015, The Art of Silver – Salamanca, Hobart
2016 Drombrovskis Wilderness Residency Grant (Arts Tasmania) undertaken at Cradle Mountain for two months
Collaborative Arts Project
2015/2016 – Tarkine In Motion. A featured Artist in the documentary developed as a result
of this project
September 2013 Focus on Form – Sidespace Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre
April 2015 Meltdown exhibition, April 2015 Debrasic, Thames New Zealand
October 2015, Immersion with Marisa Molin and Peter Maarvesson, SawtoothAri, Launceston, Tasmania
November 2015, Tarkine In Motion, Burnie Tasmania
January 2016, Tarkine in Motion – Group exhibition; Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre
February 2016. Topophilia joint exhibition with Rob Blakers; Wild Island Gallery, Salamanca
July 2016 Tarkine In Motion – Jugglers Artspace Brisbane.
6-13 February 2017 Impressions of Cradle Mountain; an exploration of place, Sidespace Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart Tasmania
Tarkine in Motion exhibitions; Bendigo, Long Gallery Hobart, Wild Island Gallery Hobart.
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Olivia’s work can also be purchased through her website www.oliviahickey.com
Olivia held her first solo exhibition Impressions of Cradle Mountain; an exploration of place at the Sidespace Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre from the 6 – 13 February 2017. It was her response to a Wilderness Residency Undertaken at Cradle Mountain over winter in 2016.
‘To get to know a place deeply I need to walk alone; to discover the hidden moments and to hear the stories embedded in the landscape. I hear the rocks move, see the glaciers grow and retreat, watch the evolution of plants, acknowledge the old people walking the land, sense the early explorers and witness those striving to preserve this place. As time passes and my senses attune to my surroundings I slow down. It is then that I can hear all the quiet whispers join together to become the song of the land.’
This project was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts