BIRTHDAY CAKE  (detail)

BIRTHDAY CAKE (detail)

Heat Sugar Crash

Heat Sugar Crash

Olivia Bonilla

“Creating a world where color theory meets sculpture. My work explores personal nostalgia and indulgence through references to sweets, toy culture, and 80’s and 90’s retro flare. I’m interested in the idea of excess in today’s throwaway society. Using mediums such as sculpture and painting, I convey a “sugar coated” reality filled with over stimulation and re-appropriated ideas. Sprinkled pills, oversized diamonds, toys of an era, splashed with glitter and a wet gloss finish. My sculptures explore the feeling of a lustful existence and emotional desire, a combination of glutinous shinny landscapes who reveal childhood colors of cotton candy blue and bubble gum pink.”

About the Artist

Olivia Bonilla is an East coast painter and sculptor, born in Vermont in 1992. She runs a studio practice out of Old Saybrook, CT. Bonilla received her BFA in painting, with a minor in sculpture, from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. She has been a recipient of the Roberta B. Willis Scholarship along with the Chandler Scholarship in the years attending her BFA. Bonilla participates annually in curating a space at New Havens City Wide Open Studios. She has shown at the Affordable Art Fair NYC with current representation with Miller Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina.