Olivia Divecchia is an artist working across sculpture, drawing, photography, video, sound and text. She sees her practice as that of an amateur polyglot, a non-specialist squinting her eyes at a constellation of signs, hoping the turbulent confluence opens impossibly into an always as of yet unimaginable dimension. This is a hope that she does not exactly expect to be fulfilled by art. Rather, it is a hope she sees sustained in an art that carries this hope’s signs into the future.
A Kind of Idealist Trap
Olivia Divecchia works out of the corner of her eye, creating, more or less, a series of notations towards a future thinking. Lately those notations tend to be concerned with the trappings of rationality, opacities at the heart of subjectivity and the secrets kept there. She lives and works in New York City.
Is Not Aristotle’s Metaphysics
In My Secret Life
Olivia Divecchia in conversation with Joachim Pissarro
Joachim Pissarro: It’s a very powerful group of works to do during the COVID-19 pandemic. Which is all about confinement and you’re looking at the window—it seems to be sort of like that … The window is, in a sense, the way out, but at the same time, the reminder that you’re inside and not outside.
Olivia Divecchia: I think that that is true. I like that it relates to the actual feeling of confinement. But I was more interested in that point philosophically, as being this thing that articulates this idea of something beyond—being the very limit of that and creating the confinement.
The annual Spring 2020 Thesis Exhibition for graduates of the Hunter College MFA Studio Art program represents works by 19 artist graduates of this nationally noted program. Originally planned as a series of physical presentations at Hunter’s 205 Hudson Street campus in Tribeca, but canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MFA Thesis Exhibition’s digital iteration aims to provide a new, expanded platform for young artists entering the field.