Coalescence, at Globe Arts Studio, will show the depth of Turner’s practice and how it has developed over the last few years. As the title suggests, it will bring together several avenues which Turner has continued to explore and will include two and three-dimensional outcomes. It will feature a new series of paintings along with some new marquetry work, which emerged during lockdown.
Olivia Turner’s concern with spatial awareness is evident within her work, which continually plays with conventional ideas about spaces. Her paintings are densely multi-faceted representations of Brutalist buildings with composition, form and structure playing an integral part in her paintings. Developed from her photographs and drawings, the compositions are built up from multiple viewpoints. She continuously layers drawings on tracing paper, allowing her to explore countless configurations, carefully refining these before they are developed into paintings.
By isolating her compositions from their original surroundings, she wants to give the viewer no option but to interact with them. Turner wants the viewer to see the true beauty of these buildings, starting a conversation around the loss of them in society. Her main intention is to alter a place by creating a new space within it, causing the viewer to question their perception of their own experience of the space.