Receding Constancy, 2012. Ink on paper. 24 x 18 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Eau Claire, WI


In rigorously detailed ink-on-paper drawings, Jill Olm uses abstraction to explore interconnections among diverse bodies of information, from systems of human exchange and communication to biological processes and man-made structures. Sometimes isolated, sometimes overlapping, her mark-making evolves into dense masses of tangled lines and symbols that create a repetitive, generative language of visual impact. In rendering the specifics or particularities of these systems enigmatic and fluid, Olm encourages viewers to actively pursue imaginative and associative dialogues with the work. Ultimately, her drawings offer a balance of positive and negative space, chaos and order, and meticulous patterning—a distillation and translation of information systems through a visual language that is delicate, complex, and inventive. 


Jill Olm received her MFA in painting from Syracuse University in 2005. She is currently Associate Professor in Foundations in the Department of Art & Design at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. Olm explores a wide range of techniques in her paintings, drawings, videos, and site-specific works. Her work has been exhibited at the national level, most recently in Florida, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia.