Olivia Brouwer is an emerging artist from Hamilton, Ontario. In 2016, she graduated from the Art and Art History joint program, specializing in painting and print making, at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College Institute of Technology.
As a response to her partial blindness, Olivia works with this idea of blindness as a way to connect to her audience with organic abstraction. The Rorschach Inkblot Test was a psychological experiment that resulted in revealing personality and mental traits through describing abstract forms and shapes. Olivia applies the aesthetic of this experiment to a series of paintings to become a way of sharing the experience of vision loss and essentially result in an interpretation of the viewer’s own blindness.
Olivia has also found that sight is an important theme in Christian beliefs, both symbolically and physically. She is exploring ways of unfolding hidden Biblical meaning of understanding clarity and sight in her current work.
They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into the village.” Mark 8:22-26