My pseudo name is Ollie Gee. I am a gay, Hispanic artist who explores the human experience through a variety of art media. As an artist, I illustrate intangible emotion using figurative and anthropomorphic themes. As an educator, I explore the principles of design and the elements of art through personal expression. Art is therapy.
My work explores the human condition, light and dark. It is a way for me to scrutinize various aspects of the social consciousness. To create a playful and innocuous veneer, I use bright hues in my watercolor pieces. The black and white drawings are more straightforward, expressing a wide range of metaphors, clues for the viewer’s interpretation. My photographs are attention grabbing, with intentional naiveté, to evoke a sense of childhood perspective on the world of adults. Upon deeper examination of each piece, the disquieting and melancholic layers emerge.
While the darkness surfaces, I hope that the humor is clear. Playing with pain has been an incredibly therapeutic path for me. Talking about my emotions and perceptions, writing, painting, drawing about it, all of these actions and activities have been crucial to my personal growth as a human. I want my work to be a jumping off point for conversation, perhaps like those laminated photos of bears having tea that teachers used for our elementary school writing prompts in the early 90’s. My intention is basically to create art that therapizes me, then you, as the viewer, can create in your mind a story for each piece, one that is personal to you, aside from trying to figure out what I was trying to say.
It is important to look for humor and light in even the darkest corners of our universe. The art I create is meant to share a story that many people also experience but do not necessarily know how to visualize or even vocalize. The goal is for each piece to provoke thought and stimulate conversation. Though I may have a recognizable concept as the original launching point for each piece, once I have completed a work, I believe that the continuation of the idea or story is through the viewer’s insight or intuition.
If you have any questions or would either like to purchase or commission a piece, please contact me at TheBitterBadgerStudio@gmail.com