My name is Olivia Kasprzyk from Chicago, Illinois. I am a 23 year old artist who graduated from Principia College in 2018, with a BA degree in Studio Art. Going to Principia College and traveling abroad through Greece and Italy gave me the courage to participate in over five institutional art exhibitions and currently one upcoming exhibition, here in Chicago.
When producing abstract works, I am not concerned with painting what already is. I am creating a new language and form in the art world. I believe formulating an abstract painting is equally as challenging as painting a representation of a tree, and this needs to be recognized. I am producing new rules and structure within an organized mess.
In my works, color is the main focus and form follows subsequently. My favorite mediums are acrylic, oil, and sometimes house paint (when engaging and experimenting with new mediums). What I paint on ranges from canvas to repurposed wood (really anything I can get my hands on). Nothing in my works is preconceived or reliant on a plan. I let my artistic intuition drive me. I want and will be an inspiration for many artists by following that still small voice and running with it. This way of thinking encourages me to let go of the past and to be present in the moment with the attained knowledge that holds true.
Children will forever be my inspiration for producing art. They rightfully and naturally disconnect themselves from the expectation of what art "should be" and have a lack of fear when creating. They believe in their imagination that isn't stifled by society. As Helen Frankenthaler once said, “There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.”
Additionally, I am confident in knowing that Artfinder will help me connect with a like-minded community domestically and globally. On a more personal note, I have created an alien language called, “Jush” which helps with inspiration for the titles and process of my paintings. The “Language of Jush” also lets me relax, knowing not to take things too seriously when life gets tough.