Olivia Ball, Migration Bird Forms (Various), brass, 2018. Image credit: Roman Buchhofer
August 31 - October 20, 2018
Artist talk and opening reception: Friday, September 28, 6 - 8 PM
In Migration, Olivia Ball examines the five-year migratory map of one lesser black-backed gull through sculptures, tapestries, and jewellery. As these works explore the bird’s paths and the traces it left behind, they simultaneously reflect the artist’s experience with a mood disorder.
Lesser black-backed gulls are migratory, and some breed in colonies in northern England, where Ball first encountered their bones and began the research that yielded this body of work. Migratory routes and the effects of a mood disorder both vary but are both often cyclical, and both are affected by internal and external factors such as experience and environment.
Using the negative space of wirework sculpture, the softness of woven textiles, muted colour palettes, matte or unfinished metal forms, and the mindful interaction between jewellery and the body, Ball prompts us to consider how we choose our paths—whether we choose them—and how they differ.
About the artist:
Olivia Ball is a visual artist and jeweller based in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She studied 3-D design at Manchester Metropolitan University, specializing in jewellery, and her work has been exhibited and sold in her native England, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. Migration is her first exhibition in Ontario.