I often find that I am reinventing myself through my work, readily moving from one idea to another with a subsequent shift of medium, such as creating sculptural and conceptual site-specific installations to a more traditional approach to drawing and painting. However, even within this more ‘traditional’ approach I often look to employ unusual tools and techniques, such as exploring the quality of mark through fusing oil paint and water-based materials together or using part of the physical environment, such as employing the use of granite stones to be used as a drawing and painting tool. In essence, making a physical and experiential connection between the memory of visiting a location through to the resulting work, reinforcing and embedding a specific memory.

My works can often appear solitary, bleak and isolated, this is not accidental. I find myself drawn to create work that responds to a space, a land, its geography and ecology, its history and its culture, connecting with places I may have visited, explored or remembered.

Through exploring our natural landscape and inhabiting the spaces we encounter, for me, becomes an intrinsic part of who we are, imprinting us with memories, creating a sense of space, place and the marking of time.

Having studied for a Foundation Diploma at Leeds College of Art in 1989 and a Fine Art Degree at Hull College of Art I moved to Edinburgh, Scotland and studied for a Master’s of Fine Art Degree at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 1999. Continuing my studies alongside my art practice and teaching commitments I studied for a Postgraduate Certificate of Learning & Teaching in F.E. & H.E. at the University of Arts, London, graduating in 2007.

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“My work often moves between disciplines depending on the theme. Key words such as Memory, Ritual, Meditation, Sanctuary, Intrusion and Instrumentation seem to become foundation words to a body of work.”

Oliver is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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