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.
|Eau Claire, WI|