The pen and ink drawings of Olivia Knapp
Picture your brain with huge headphones on it, your heart literally beating to the tune of a favorite song or enjoying its morning milk and cereals breakfast, and, finally, an eyeball rising from a flower in praise of an unknown entity. In the pen and ink drawings of Seattle-based artist Olivia Knapp, this seems very natural. Exploring the relationship between desire, reason, and circumstance, the artist uses the head and heart as “contrasting characters” in her ongoing story. Plants and insects are often part of this imagery full of unexpected.
What is truly impressive, however, is the tight cross hatching technique, the “line to dot” rendering method and the extremely rare “dot and lozenge” rendering method, a practice used by the 16th century masters, in which a dot is placed in the center of a diamond shape made by a cross hatching pattern, helping to refine the transition between values. So here is where we add her inspiration from the European line engravings of decorative relief and scientific specimens from the 16th and 17th centuries.
At this point, you may be a little surprised to know that Olivia studied Fashion Design and worked as a Printed Textile Designer in the fashion industry for several years. She is now devoting her time to her detailed drawings, which are on view through September 8th, 2014 at Ghost Gallery, in Seattle.
Enjoy a selection of her wonderful works, with amazing details to awake your imagination.
Mural at Ghost Gallery
All images © Olivia Knapp