Olshan's sculptural paintings invite the viewer to navigate an imagined landscape. Abstracted, incongruous staircases orient and disorient the 2 and 3D planes, defying the possibilities of a physical climb. In architecture, staircases are a symbol of physical and symbolic elevation. In this work, they present as impossible, disjointed structures – false pathways to an inaccessible destination.
Together, these works construct an otherworldly spatial logic in which one can “enter” through one composition and “exit” its counterpart. To create these interconnected spaces, the artist re-conceptualize elements of her own work, re-envisioning the source material. The resulting works are linked, but irrational: a section of one composition reappears, cropped and inverted. A whirling skyscape morphs into a small, distressed landscape. Collectively, this body of work creates one interconnected, self-reflexive world.
Water is Falling
Water is Falling, 2020. Oil on 3D panel, 76 x 55 x 3 in. For sale: $10,000.
California, 2020. Oil, hot glue and recycled paint on 3D panel. 48 x 30 x 3.5."
Upland Portal (Acrophobia)
Upland Portal (Acrophobia), 2019. Oil and charcoal on 3D panel, 22 x 19.5 x 4 in. For sale: $800.
Vertigo II, 2019. Oil, molding paste, graphite, and recycled paint on 3D panel, 26 x 18 x 5 in. Sold.
Upland, 2020. Oil and graphite on 3D panel, 46 x 39.25 x 3.5 in.
The Farther, Oil, acrylic, recycled paint scraps, molding paste, & graphite on 3D panel,
50 x 55.5 x 7 in.
Climb, Oil, recycled paint & charcoal, charcoal & molding paste on 3D panel, 76 x 67 x 7 in. Collection of UNC Asheville.
No Summit, Oil, graphite, & molding paste on 3D panel , 38 x 75 x 7 in. Sold.
Perpetual Ascent, Oil on 3D panel, 46 x 48 x 7 in. Collection of UNC Asheville.
Strive, Oil, graphite, & molding paste on 3D panel, 48 x 30 x 7 in. Collection of the UNC Asheville Honors Program, Laurel Forum.
Ambitions, Oil, graphite, & molding paste on panel, 56 x 60 x 3.5 in. For sale: $1,000.
Land of the Above
Land of the Above, Oil, molding paste, & graphite on 3D panel, 40 x 27 x 26 in. For sale: $1,750.
Ambitions Window I, Oil, molding paste, and graphite on 3D panel,
13.5 x 12.75 x 3.5 in. For sale: $150.
Skyscape, Oil on 3D panel, 30 x 30 x 3.5 in. Sold.
Process Study II
"Process Study II,"
Oil & paint scraps on 3D panel,
22" x 20" x 2.5." For sale: $250.
Installation shot from Solo Exhibition, Perpetual Pursuit at UNC Asheville.
"Bluespace Installation. Oil, acrylic, recycled paint, graphite, and molding paste on 3D panel. 35 x 50 x 3.5 in. Sold.
Waterscape, Oil on 3D panel, 30 x 30 x 3.5 in. Sold.