Kathie Olivas
Kathie Olivas

KATHIE OLIVAS

Kathie Olivas is an internationally exhibited multi-media pop-surrealist from New Mexico. Through her current body of work, the Misery Children, she explores society’s insatiable desire to assign ‘cuteness’ and our discomfort with the unknown. A dark blend of early American portraiture set in post apocalyptic times, Kathie’s paintings and custom toys are a satirical look at how fear affects our sense of reality. One of the central questions raised in Kathie’s work is that of ‘what if’: what if these ‘cute’ creatures had their own agenda? Are they attune to something beyond our understanding, or are we simply too cowardly to acknowledge it? Are their misshapen limbs and plated mouths a deformation from living in a desolate wasteland,or perhaps an adaptation for protection? The Misery Children are meant to evoke a nostalgic reaction that reflects isolation, fear and an uncertainty, yet they also act as empowered alter egos. While these characters explore their new lonely worlds, they double as our narrators. They guide us through their reality as they experience it and yet, even in their company, we are granted no reassurance.

Black Nosed Rosie, acrylic, oil, and epoxy resin on cast resin, 15 in tall, 2016
Black Nosed Rosie, acrylic, oil, and epoxy resin on cast resin, 15 in tall, 2016

Magenta

2016; Acrylic, Oil, Epoxy Resin, and Rhinestones on Cast Resin; 15 in. Tall

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Rabbit Oracle

2015; Acrylic, Oil, Epoxy Resin on Cast Resin; 24 in. Tall

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Violet

2016; Acrylic, Oil, Epoxy Resin on Cast Resin; 15 in. Tall

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White Circus Bear with Skull Mask

2016; Acrylic, Oil, Epoxy Resin on Cast Resin; 16 in. Tall

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Fixate

2013, Oil on Linen, 48 x 36 in.

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Intertwine

2013, Oil on Linen, 48 x 36 in.

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Create and Destroy

2017, Oil, Acrylic, & Found Objects on Antiqued Wood Panels, 24 x 12 in.

Flood

2017, Flood Oil, Acrylic, Glass Gems & Found Objects on Wood Panel with Art Resin & Antiqued Finish, 24 x 12 in.

Witching Hour

2017, Oil, Acrylic, & Found Objects on Wood Panels with Art Resin & Antiqued Finish, 61 x 30 in.

Black Armor Lizzie

2017, Mixed Media, 17 in.

Buttercup

2017, Mixed Media, 12.5 in.

Girl with Cat

2017, Mixed Media, 18 in. (cat is 9 in.)

Hyno Jester

2017, Mixed Media, 25 in.

Marmaid

2017, Mixed Media, 11.5 in.

Pink Apocalypse Elizabeth

2017, Mixed Media, 18.5 in.

Seated Esther

2017, Mixed Media, 9.5 in.

Two Faced Girl Series: Black Rabbit Apothecary

2017, Mixed Media, 25 in.

Two Faced Girl Series: Channeler

2017, Mixed Media, 23 in.

Two Faced Girl Series: Eleanor

2017, Mixed Media, 16.5 in.

Two Faced Girl Series: Encrusted Snowdrop Rabbit

2017, Mixed Media, 18 in.

Two Faced Girl Series: Harley

2017, Mixed Media, 17.5 in.

Two Faced Girl Series: Ivy May

2017, Mixed Media, 11 in.

Two Faced Girl Series: Octopus Girl

2017, Mixed Media, 19.5 in.

Valentine Clover

2017, Mixed Media, 11 in.

Violet Bat Girl

2017, Mixed Media with Articulated Velvet Wings Fabricated by Lana Crooks, 21 in.

Zinnia

2017, Mixed Media, 14.5 in.

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