From the archive: a collection of funny things, Tartu Art House, Tartu, 2020
This exhibition is by imaginary artist, Olive Puuvill, who creates work in the manner of a bricoleuse, cobbling, tinkering and using whatever is close at hand. In her latest work she combines patterns, lines, textures and light to create an installation where objects, situations, materials and ideas are juxtaposed in a slightly chaotic arrangement, but one that nonetheless has a logic of its own. All this bears the traces of her intentions, aims and ideas as physical evidence of the working processes where Olive’s everyday life clashes, meets and melds with her art practice.
Some of the pieces are handmade, others not. They clash, they harmonise. Some are possibly useful or functional, others not. From the depths of Olive's creative practice and ideas, she has emerged with crocheted doilies that attempt to take centre stage in an installation where brushes, cloths and other cleaning equipment and tools are presented on an equal footing with handicraft and decorative art ornaments, and where handmade tables and lighting fixtures also claim their place as art objects.