While completing an Honors Degree in ceramics, Olivia discovered a love of clay and modeling. She took a three month residency in India at the Sanskrit Kendra which she described as ‘life-changing’, here she was introduced to foundries and casting. Before settling back in the UK, she studied at the Florence sculpture academy. She then spent a year, working for Castle Fine Arts Foundry in Wales experimenting with techniques of casting and working in metal. She works mainly in bronze using highly inventive techniques of patination and mold -making. Her current work incorporates found objects and fragments which are cast and then assembled to create her highly observed and inventive pieces.  She also uses found objects on which to mount her work. Her work draws on history, travels, memories and inner life expressed through shapes forms and symbols, which can capture and communicate universal concerns and emotions.  Her time spent in India, in particular in the holy city of Varanesi has given her work a deep sense of spirituality inspired by the belief in the cycle of life, death, life. The crow is a potent symbol for her, creating its life from what has gone before, symbolic of death but also of new life arising from the remains.

Olivia Ferrier

‘I have spent lockdown hanging out and playing with my two young children and husband. We’ve filled the days getting messy and creative with what we can find around us. We have been making wonderful memories playing and getting lost in the moments of creative processes.
I nip into my home studio throughout the day, enjoying the alone time and the comforting familiar ways of modelling, making and playing. I am taking more time to daydream and to fiddle in the details that make up my sculptures. I’ve found it comforting collecting discarded objects bones and feathers and putting them to purposeful use in my sculptures. It feels like a hopeful release therapy – to  pick out useful bits and make some creative and positive things come from this strange, tragic  period’.
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