This exhibition is part of the 2018 Medalta International Artists in Residence program.
For the carrion is an exhibition of sculptures inspired by close study of a decomposing roadkill bunny over a period of several months. Although the decomposition process is seemingly grotesque, it is an essential part of the nutrient cycle and is worth thorough and thoughtful consideration. Dedicated to decay in all of its glory, each sculpture is made to look like a fossil or artefact, inviting us to look closely at what otherwise might seem repulsive. As artefacts, my sculptures present a new way to approach decay that emphasizes the beauty and energy of this natural process rather than its abject connotations.
Olivia Rozema is Canadian Artist from Grimsby, Ontario. She received a BaH in Visual Art and Classics from McMaster University in 2014 and an MFA at the University of Regina in 2016. Olivia’s sculptures embody a type of self-knowledge. Their forms suggest something we feel we should recognize but cannot place. They have an uncanny resemblance to the real, however, they are skewed. Removed from their natural context and enlarged, they reside in the space between the familiar and the unfamiliar, dramatizing the anxious relationship between insides and outsides, and our general disassociation from the parts that make up wholes.