In 2021 I spent a month at Merz in Sanquhar, Scotland. During this residency, I made four large charcoal drawing collages and some collaged three dimensional models. I had made models before, but not for years and this was something I wanted to get back to. Using cardboard boxes, photocopies of fabric, torn up paintings and monoprints, I created three dimensional dioramas. The sense of theatre appealed to me. I think the shallow space and changes of perspective and scale will influence my paintings.

Later in 2021, I took part in Byre, a site-specific exhibition in a barn in Northumberland. As well as showing drawings, I created sculptures out of bark, which I coated in home-made gesso and drew on with silverpoint. In keeping with the references to milk and hay, I exhibited them on various milking stools.

In 2021, I created a table-top model based on a part of Kurt Schwitters Hanover Merzbau. I used foamboard, balsa, Lego and other found objects. It will be used by Merz Gallery as part of an animation exploring the communication between Kurt Schwitters and Hannah Hoch.

Olivia Irvine, Cave Sculpture