In celebration of environments, both personal and immediate and those invented from her mind and experiences, Olive Ayhens reflects a reality wherein the actual intermingles with creatively imaginative innovations.
Ayhens works in connected series of paintings. In her last show, ³The Aesthetics of Pollution², reviewed in Art in America issue 5, 2002, at the Gary Tatintsian Gallery (Feb. 2002) she positioned the urban (New York Cityscapes) in juxtaposition to extremes of nature, a kind of apocalypticpoetry. It also included work inspired from her residency at the World Trade Center, which for her was like studying New York under a microscope the city becoming an evolving phenomenon, which weaves its intricacy for organic purposes of its own.
Her new group of paintings are involved with volcanic imagery and bridge structures, featuring the kind of geysers found in caldrons, as in Yellowstone National Park, manifesting dazzling, beautiful color but composed of deadly acids. Color is a love for Ayhens; a language used with power, sometimes harshly and at other times to create a lyrical beauty. The bridges contain dimensional layers of luminosity, surrounded by varied light sources and different times of day, which evokes a mystery of ambiguous shapes. Her work is filled with lush visual surprise; scale is a passion for the thrill of absurdity. The most recent painting, ³Crashing the Canyon², plays off a deep canyon, which is bridged by the cars from an urban landscape and includes a Bristlecone Pine (oldest living thing on planet earth).
Olive Ayhens incorporates metaphors on such themes and ideas as lust, love, fragility, and journeys end. These themes take on such forms as trashy architecture in juxtaposition to important monuments, endangered plants and animals, and embracing nature. She is very concerned about the fragility of our planet and the possibility that humans have brought the sphere of life to the brink of disaster.
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