Brigita Ozolins is an artist and an academic at the University of Tasmania with a background in librarianship and arts administration; roles which have strongly influenced her artistic practice. Examining connections between language, history, bureaucracy and identity, Ozolins’ works immediately engage viewers in a fascinating process of decoding. Our understanding and our familiarity with signs, symbols and the practices of reading, hearing and speaking are challenged by works in which the science of linguistics resonates poetically with an aesthetics of formal abstraction.
Materially diverse and often taking the form of installation, Ozolins’ works are uniquely architectural; reading becomes a bodily experience as we navigate her text-based forms. The Learning is no exception, featuring eight framed works, a video projection with sound and two large suspended sculptures, the exhibition explores the permeation of the natural world by the digital. Ozolins invokes the archetype of the ancient forest and the contemporary language of binary code in an exploration of moral self-cultivation through Confucianism, and Spinoza’s seminal text, The Ethics.
Ozolins is an established, and widely collected artist who has received numerous artist grants, including the 2008 inaugural Qantas Contemporary Art Award, Australia Council residencies in New York and London, the et+t residency in Riga, the Cite Internationale des Arts residency in Paris, and Arts Tasmania residencies at Gorge Cottage in Launceston, and Port Arthur, Tasmania.