I create ink wash drawings that catalogue the passing of time, weather and the subtle and profound impact of the elements on our material world. Water has a momentum which takes everything in its path and returns it to the sea... truth, beauty, pain and decay.
As I scratch, scrub, draw and pour pigmented ink onto a smooth surface it becomes evident that permanence is an illusion. The Heaven, Earth and Sea series began in 2009 while working in Tibet during an epic drought. As I witnessed temples carved out of the great divide and yak fat painted onto ancient cliffs it became apparent that water is between east, west, north, south, light and dark. It is the element that binds all- ts residue and patterns, floods and tides. Time passes, weather patterns change and the landscape record all.
Ink is the primary vehicle for this body of work as it can be opaque or transparent and resilient on Yupo, a treeless paper with a resilient surface which records the drying time and variances in water quality and the transparency and opacity
of the water in all weather conditions. Best of all, it is perhaps the most
permanent record of our time.
Amie Oliver teaches painting, drawing and mixed media for the MIS Degree of Virginia Commonwealth University School
of the Arts and is a lecturer and studio practicioner for John Tyler Community College in Richmond, Virginia.
She offers art workshops and short courses for adults and teens at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.
Her years teaching in higher education include full-time and visiting professorships at Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Mississippi State University and Longwood University.
Oliver enrolled in art classes at Delta State University as a teen and is a graduate of Mississippi State University (BA)
where was was recently awarded the 2013 2013 Distinguished Alumni Fellowship, for the College of Architecture,
Art and Design. She was awarded the M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University, completed post grad course work
at Tyler School of Art of Temple University and the Visual Studies Workshop through the State University of New York, where she studied with acclaimed Book Artist Keith Smith.
Oliver's artwork has been exhibited in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, China, S. Korea, Tibet and Australia. Her studio practice has been supported by fellowship and exchange opportunities at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Oberfalzer Kunstlerhaus in Schwandorf, Germany, Moulin Nef in Auvillar, France, the Salzburger Kunstverein in Salzburg, Austria, the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT and the Metasenta Foundation for a project
in Tibet, China.
Her art is in numerous corporate and private collections and in the permanent collections of the Longwood Center for Visual Arts, the Try-Me Collection, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Washington, D.C., Delta State University, Cleveland, MS, The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Hampden-Sydney, VA; Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH,
the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Mississippi State University; the Buckingham Branch Railroad, Lykes Shipping Lines amd the Oberpfalzer Kunstlerhaus, Schwandorf, Germany. She has curated, juried
and lectured at numerous galleries and arts festivals throughout the mid-atlantic region.
Oliver currently serves on the Board of Directors of 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA where she is Board Secretary
and formerly served on the State Board of the YWCA of Mississippi. She has curated satellite exhibitions
for 1708 Gallery since 2009.
Current projects include upgrading a 1940's laboratory which has been converted into artist studios in the Manchester District of Richmond, VA and working toward solo exhibitions at the the Rawls Museum of Art, the Hill Gallery
in Richmond and Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville in 2015 and 2016.
Oliver shares her life with writer, actor and VCCA Fellow Harry Kollatz, Jr along with two demanding cats from Mississippi.