Susy Oliveira

It is tough not to stare at Susy Oliveira’s clunky, 1980s-video-gamish polygon sculptures. Of course, sculpture is created for gawking, so clearly Oliveira has reached at least one of her goals with these large-scale pieces made of color photographic prints (c-prints) on archival card and wrapped onto foam core. Clockwise, these pieces are called Bird on a Log, The Living Boy, Time Is Never Wasted, and The Girl and the Bear. In her description of her 2008 solo show at Toronto’s Peak gallery, Oliveira wrote about examining ‘our preoccupation with replacing nature with fabricated versions of itself.’ Fittingly, she adds that these sculptures express an ‘opposition between the round aspects of sculpture and the flat aspects of photography, much like bringing a virtual model into a real space.’ Oliveira is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design (2000) and the University of Waterloo (2006). – Tuija Seipell

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