Olivia Tani

Olivia Tani says formal exploration drives her practice. She generates objects that are formally diverse and inventive, while speaking with a coherent style and vocabulary of planes, angles, volume, and compositional balance. She shares the following insight, “Though I make functional pottery, I indulge in moments of excess that guide my formal stylization. The resultant ornamental and compositional features lend a sculptural quality to the work.” Questions circulate until a vocabulary of shapes emerge: where should planes intersect, how is composition of line affected, where to create the illusion of inflated mass, and what does that inflation do to proportion and composition?