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In the studio with Olivia Baldwin

Artist Olivia Baldwin explaining her practice and artistic process in her studio at The Wurks, in Providence, Rhode Island.


(Photo by Haley Comstock)


Olivia Baldwin (b. 1990, Boston, USA) is a visual artist living and working in Providence, Rhode Island. Her practice interweaves painting and sculpture. The main interest of her work is a form’s capacity to hold a particular color and material, whether it can bear the weight or requires a counterweight. She examines the relationships, power dynamics, and reciprocity of the individual parts of her work. Letting them bolster, upstage and pool into one another. As an artist, she leans into the glitches, failures, and moments in which the materials don’t behave. Her compositions, either tridimensional or flat, are always in constant flux.


(Video filmed by Melikşah Duman.) Baldwin holds a BFA in painting and BA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Connecticut. La Pera Projects first met the artist in 2019 while she was an artist in residence with the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild in Woodstock, NY.


(The artist in her studio at Brydcliffe)


The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is a regional center for the arts located in Woodstock, New York. From its 250-acre mountainside campus and its arts and performance center in the village of Woodstock, Byrdcliffe offers an integrated program of exhibitions, performance, classes, workshops, symposia, and artists’ residencies. Byrdcliffe embraces all disciplines of artistic endeavor in a collaborative spirit, and seeks creative partnership with other not for profit and educational entities in order to leverage its unique resources for the benefit of the cultural life of the Hudson Valley region. Byrdcliffe was founded in 1902 and has operated as a nonprofit organization since 1938.


You can learn more about the program here.