Blumen für eine Unbekannte, 2010
Acrylics on found painting, Performance
Original size: 90 x 130 cm
Photographer: Olivia Notaro
Olivia Notaro (b.1975) is based in Bern, Switzerland and London, England.
Notaro’s art practice is a research into painting itself and its process. She investigates experiences of space, time and relational aesthetics through painting. As additional tools she applies installation and performance. Through obliterating boarders of the studio, public and exhibition space, Notaro creates anachronism of time and authorship through a physical appropriation and subtle alteration of found paintings and spaces.
By destabilizing the state of final completion, found paintings are brought back in the process of becoming. These hybrid paintings provoke in their destabilising nature the discourse on the interpretation of paintings as temporary and provisional propositions in time.
Notaro graduated in 2011 with an MA from the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, and in 2012 won both the first prize of the Aeschlimann-Corti Art Stipend and the Prize for Women Artists in Bern. Her prize-winning work was shown in the exhibitions Kunstlese (2012) at Centre PasquArt in Biel and This is a Women’s World (2012) at the Museum of Art in Thun, Switzerland. In 2011-2012, her work was also shown in Switzerland at the Museum of Art in Moutier and the Museum of Art in Interlaken.