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Olivia Rowland

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My artwork harnesses both play and self-narration to navigate the day-to-day experience of anxiety disorder, and where this intersects with gender and voyeuristic notions of looking. Drawing and wordplay are tools to narrate myself into ‘being’, the representation of which is unfixed and impossible to pinpoint. Snatches of speech, fictitious cartoon semi-human ‘characters’, scribbled line and bold, light-hearted blocks of colour centre both a frantic energy and light-hearted humour as equally important means to ‘cope’. The visual result is at once playful, fragmented, and phantasmic.

I also work as an Art Director for Pig Media, a Manchester-based music video production company.