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Kathie Olivas is a multi-media artist who resides in Tampa, FL. Her work has been featured in numerous galleries and museums across the nation.
My current work, entitled the "Misery Children" series focuses on the parallels of our past to service the commentary of our current political and social status. We all have this desire to assign "cuteness," as if to make something innocent and more appealing, therefore, non-threatening. Perhaps this allows us to comfort ourselves.My questions are based on the discomfort of "what if"-- what if these sweet creatures had other ideas? What if they knew something we were afraid to open our eyes to? Would they protect themselves; would they be able to adapt to a war torn environment and develop their own defense mechanisms?
The characters are meant to evoke a nostalgic reaction that reflects isolation, fear, and an uncertainty. This series is presented as a satirical look at how fear affects our sense of reality. The characters perform as narrators in lonely worlds that each explores individually, creating his or her own perspective, and thus, own reality. As our hosts, the ensemble provides a sense of comfort, the reminiscent style is soothing, yet the mood is dark.
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