Lil Olive has an MFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design. She has participated in three solo shows at Obelisk Gallery in Springfield, Mo. Reflections and Other Water Offerings in 2017, Earth Melancholia in 2019, and New Works in 2021. Olive has also exhibited in two nationally juried shows. Ecoconsciousness, 2020, juror Eleanor Heartney, an online catalogue and billboard show, and Inspiration, a group show at Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. in 2018.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Since the beginning of time, humans have relied on the language of nature for expression. When we cannot find the words, we give a gift of flowers. When we are sad, we relate with a grey and gloomy day. A beautiful sunrise can restore our hopes. We have listened to nature. In this age of the Anthropocene, what is the language of nature telling us? Nature is screaming at us, and we are not listening.

As I value the beauty, mystery and sanctity of the natural world intensely, I also fear for the health and future of that world as our planet continues to suffer from climate change and an oppressive human footprint. Through my perspective, I bring attention to the foreboding presence man has on these sacred natural spaces. If we slow down enough to find it, every aspect of the natural world has a unique language. Within my paintings, I seek out those non-human languages and fuse them with my own, thereby imagining a surreal new world, one in chaos, pain and movement, but also one that embodies the wonder and ethereal qualities that still exist.

Artist Lil Olive

2022 The Language of Nature, solo exhibition MFA Thesis Exhibition for Savannah College of Art and Design, Springfield, Mo.

EXHIBITIONS

2022 The Language of Nature, solo exhibition MFA Thesis Exhibition for Savannah College of Art and Design, Springfield, Mo.
2021 New Works, Solo Exhibition, Obelisk Home Art Gallery, Springfield, Mo.
2020 Ecoconsciousness, juror Eleanor Heartney, an online catalogue and billboard show
2019 Earth Melancholia, Solo Exhibition, Obelisk Home Art Gallery, Springfield, Mo.
2018 Inspiration: A National Juried Exhibition Exploring Creative Expresssion, Webster Arts Center, Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
2018 It’s Not Natural, two-person exhibition, Bookmarx Bookstore, Springfield, Mo.
2017 Reflections and Other Water Offerings, Solo Exhibition, Obelisk Home Art Gallery, Springfield, Mo.
2016 Spiva Invitational Group Show, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Mo.
2014 New Works, Solo Exhibition, Good Girl Art Gallery, Springfield, Mo.
2013 Tribute to Rose O’Neil, Group Show, Rose O’Neil House, Drury University, Springfield, Mo.
2010 Open Doors Invitational, Group Show, Creamery Arts Center, Springfield, Mo.
2005 Get Your Heart On, Valentine Group Show, Good Girl Art Gallery, Springfield, Mo.
2006 Photo Spiva National Juried Competition, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Mo.
2004 Keep Off the Grass, Two-Person Show, Good Girl Art Gallery, Springfield, Mo.
2003 Eating Disorder Awareness, Group Show, Missouri State University, Springfield, Mo.
2002 Still Lives and Real and Imagined Two Person Show, Carthage Art Central, Carthage, Mo.
2000 Photo Spiva, National Competition, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Mo.
1997 Two Person Show, Iron Horse Restaurant, Springfield, Mo.
1998 Silos and Minarets, Solo Exhibition, Mud House Coffee Shop, Springfield, Mo.
1997 Mannequins on Main Street, Solo Exhibition, Kassab’s Store, Joplin, Mo.

Public Collections
Orthopedic Specialists of Springfield, Springfield, Mo.
Rose O’Neil House, Drury University, Springfield, Mo.
Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Mo.

Public Commissions
Two Murals, Discovery Center Children’s Museum, Springfield Mo.

Illustrations
The Art and Science of Chocolate, Event Poster, Discovery Center Children’s Museum, Springfield, Mo.
Album Cover, Frog Daddy Band

Publications
2019 Salann Magazine Artist Feature
2017 Reflections and Other Water Offerings
The Poetry and Painting of Lil Olive, Lulu Press

Awards
2014 Patron’s Choice Painting Award, 1st Place
Spiva Art Center Charity Ball

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WHAT IS INSPIRING ME

A view from around the farm. A view from my Instagram account.