"This Must Be The Place", 2016
Cotton Paper 190 grs. Hahnemuhle
£ 850.00 (incl. frame)
Contemporary light artist Olivia Steele has earned an international reputation for her spirited public neon happenings in surreal environments.
Formed by hand and filled with gas, Steele harnesses the power of neon to assert symbolic phrasing that allures and provokes.
Proving that “it is the spectator and not life that art really mirrors,” Steele’s oeuvre is a synthesis of contrast and contradiction. Her neon works are short, punctuated truths that mirror the ingenuity (or malaise) of the digital age.
“My art is not about what I see... It’s about what I invite you to see.” Her simplistic interpretable phrases inhabit spaces of contradictory, confrontational or conciliatory meaning, manifested in multiple forms like neon, road signs, and now fire. Always symbolic and sometimes irreverent, her handwritten neon statements suspend time and motion as they crystallise the unity between landscape, semiotics and spectacle that engenders countless avenues for contemplation and inspiration.
Olivia Steele lives and works in Berlin, Mexico City and L.A