Mixed: Glazed ceramic, burlap, leather, copper, wood
The inspiration for “Behind the Door” is derived from several sources: The piece was started in February 2020 when Covid 19 started unsettling the city.
While walking to my studio I found a panel with a window at a construction site…. I related to a photographic image of a woman’s hands and feet. As a sculptor I began working but by early March everything was closed down. Only in the last few weeks have I been able to complete the work. It’s about uncertainty, desperation, immigration, poverty, and more.
New York based Interdisciplinary Dutch-American artist Olivia Beens creates artworks that are helixed around the sacred and profane. Buoyed by questions of identity, spirituality and feminism, her lyrical sculptures, potent wall reliefs and dynamic performances interrogate the liminal the self, while encapsulating ideas of physical and psychic transformation. Working both figuratively and abstractly, her extensive body of work consistently explores the intersections of body and memory as they relate to global art histories, mysticism, gender, urbanism and ecology.