Through the discrete placement, rearrangement, embellishment, and replication of everyday objects in various sites, Karyn Olivier tries to shift our experience of the familiar. Ms. Olivier writes, “This manipulation reveals the malleable and unfixed nature of objects and spaces — forcing us to reconcile memory(ies) with the present moment, collapsing the past with the present. The hope is to create a sleight of eye, a slit into something else — a conflation suggesting a visual accord that’s not necessarily there.” (Excerpt from grant proposal.)

Harpo Foundation is pleased to provide Ms. Olivier with a direct artist grant to assist her production and development of new work.