Born in Perth, 1994, Olive Gill-Hille is a multidisciplinary artist and designer. Gill-Hille relocated to Melbourne to complete a Bachelor of Fine Art (2015) specialising in Sculpture at the Victorian College of the Arts, during this time she became interested in the utilitarian element of furniture and wanted to apply abstract and artistic concepts to practical objects.
Seeking further study and to develop skills in making, the designer undertook the Associate Degree of Furniture Design at RMIT (2018). Gill-Hille makes work out of her studio in Fremantle, WA and is exclusively represented by Sydney based Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert.
Gill-Hille aims to create pieces that transform furniture, traditionally static items, into involved and unconventional works of art. The artist’s experimental structures often reference the human body, bodies supporting bodies and adapting shapes and forms from the natural environment into man-made works. Developing a narrative surrounding the artworks as well as drawing inspiration from the material’s history and artist’s working environment are key aspects of Olive Gill-Hille’s practice.
Response to COMMUNITY
Living through the emergence of COVID-19, for me very fortunately without being directly affected by the illness, one of the things that felt especially painful is the way elderly and vulnerable people weren’t able to be around their community and loved ones, touching and closeness became dangerous during a time when it was what people craved most. The isolation caused by the disease has affected everyone, and I think much comfort has been found for people in knowing it’s a shared experience. This work looks at isolation within communities and the loss of touch and physical connection.
Closer Details –
• Fallen Margaret River Jarrah,
ebonising solution, salvaged waste steel
• 1800 L x 2000 H