Collage Artist Olivia Descampe has already taken us on an eerie journey when we hosted her captivating decollage solo show IMAGO in October 2018. “IMAGO-I’m [gonn]a go” and so she went indeed, leaving us longing for more.
Let us take off (also decollage in French) for an otherworldly OliviaDescampeCollages—Odyssey.
Reflecting the versatility of her works and techniques, two of her series are presented: one of collages and one of decollages. All pieces are made by hand using original magazines and publications from the 1950s to the 1980s. Olivia’s trademark is her instinct for happy accidents.
By tearing up papers in rage only to discover an incredible composition...
This is how she developed her signature decollage technique: by tearing up papers in rage only to discover an incredible composition amongst the paper shreds, both ghost-like and vivid. This sense of fortunate mistakes is also what emanates from her artworks. It resonates strikingly with the words of great free-flowing writers.
In the collage series, chiselled pieces of monochrome fabrics are superposed onto unexpected backgrounds. And yet nothing seems out of place, as velvet, silk and linen float and unfold, deliberately shrouding parts of their odd scenery. Moments once forgotten and frozen in time are brought back to life, ever so gently.
“I am alive like you, and I am standing beside you. Close your eyes and look around, you will see me in front of you.”
Khalil Gibran, Epitaph in Bcharre, Lebanon
In contrast, the decollage series brutally yanks back bygone stories from oblivion. As the artist tears up remnants from past ages, they reappear. Another lucky mistake: revelation achieved through destruction.
“You have to die a few times before you can really live.”
Charles Bukowski, ‘The People Look Like Flowers at Last’
This is our odyssey. The intertwined and ever-moving times of our lives.