Olivia Jones, Tephra: Order in the Dust

Image Credit: Olivia Jones

Test Space, Spike Island, 133 Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6UX

0117 929 2266

Saturday 17 November 2018 – Sunday 02 December 2018
Preview - Friday 16 November, 6-8pm
Opening Hours: 12-5pm daily except Mondays


Friday 16 November, 6-8pm

Taking inspiration from Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomic stories, Olivia presents works from her evolving series Tephra: Order in the Dust. A material investigation into suspended matter, exploring entropy and order in ash clouds.

'...I play the game, in other words, the game of pretending there’s an order in the dust, a regularity in the system...'

– Calvino

Graduating in BA(Hons) Fine Art at Falmouth University in 2013, Olivia is a current studio holder at Spike Island and a member of Spike Print Studios. Her work explores the structural behaviour of landscapes in an endeavour to reveal unseen dimensions and develop the constructs for evolving narratives. Recent exhibitions include Contemporary British Drawing, Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, China and You Move Me, Antlers Gallery, Create Centre, Bristol.

Olivia is currently undertaking a 6-month fellowship with University of Bristol’s School of Earth Sciences. During her fellowship Olivia will be working with academics on the subject of ash analysis, exploring the behaviour and materiality of ash particles, clouds and plumes.

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