Olivia Valentine

Des Moines studio at her loom, Spring 2019.

Olivia Valentine is an interdisciplinary visual artist working primarily in textile construction, drawing, and photography, and in collaboration with composers, architects, and designers. Recent exhibitions include Museum of Arts and Design (New York), the Danish Royal Academy (Copenhagen), and The American Academy in Rome (Italy).

Olivia received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is an Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Culture at Iowa State University.

In this interview we discussed her sound collaboration with Paula Matthusen and also the books she is reading which are; Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation by Richard Sennett and Queer Abstraction a catalog by Jared Ledesma and David Getsy.

Field Edging #15 (Viking Lake), 2019, Photograph and thread on archival board.
From weeping or other cause shown with Walking Panorama (Skywalk), both 2019, from the series The Shadow is My Body. Plaster, Rabbit Skin Glue, Foamcore, Inkjet print.
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  1. […] Olivia Valentine‘s Iowa studio is characteristically busy at the moment. She is at work on an ongoing commission for a private home begun in 2015. She is also working on a series of photographs for Iowa State Park’s Centennial. Valentine’s work is rendered in photography, drawing and textile constructions. To hear more about what she’s up to, including details about the private home commission as well as audio recordings created with a collaborator, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Olivia Valentine‘s Iowa studio is characteristically busy at the moment. She is at work on an ongoing commission for a private home begun in 2015. She is also working on a series of photographs for Iowa State Park’s Centennial. Valentine’s work is rendered in photography, drawing and textile constructions. To hear more about what she’s up to, including details about the private home commission as well as audio recordings created with a collaborator, listen to the complete interview. […]