Like many creative thinkers, multi-media artist Eva Magill-Oliver is constantly filling sketchbooks with her inspired ideas and artistic visions. What sets her drawing pads apart from others, however, is that hers are not filled with simple sketches or jotted notes. Instead, hers burst with color block collages, composed of organic forms, peculiar patterns, and movable parts.
Featuring inked illustrations, splashes of bright paint, and textured paper, each blooming collage is a one-of-a-kind aesthetic experiment. At first glance, the curious cut-outs that comprise the explosive series may appear entirely abstract. When observed more closely, however, it becomes clear that, though minimalist and stylized, the shapes are indeed inspired by botanical elements. “I love to explore the movements, patterns, and connections found in the natural world,” Magill-Oliver, who calls North Carolina’s majestic mountains home, explains on her website. “I am in awe of nature’s subtle variations and how they flow and influence one another.” This intrinsic relationship between natural elements is present in the collection of collages, as the artist encourages dissimilar colors and contrasting silhouettes to playfully interact with one another.
In addition to presenting the artist’s own unique interpretations of nature, the colorful collages also serve as a means of meditation, reflection, and self-discovery—elements inherent to Magill-Oliver’s artistic practice and process. “My landscapes and abstracts are a perfect example of [the] intersection of physical surroundings and self-awareness,” she says. “They are a simple representation of a contemplative process and express a quiet intensity that reflects my own personality.”