The Slip-cast series showcases selected works on canvas paper by Leanne Olivier. The work explores the idea of liminality – here but not here – experienced during a shamanistic ceremony.
The title Slip-cast is a wordplay on meaning:
*Slip casting is a process in which a liquefied suspension of clay in water is poured into a mould to create a form.
*Slip may be described as movement synonymous with slide, creep or sneak.
The creation process of the artworks involved the model(s) being painted with slip and then photographed in a series of body movements *slipping into the next; and interacting with animal bones and horns. The figures are then drawn overlapping each other to suggest the movement of a shamanistic dance or ceremony with one figure partly or fully concretised. It refers to the idea of liminality: here but not here. It is the in-between of worlds or realities.
My art is influenced by ideas expressed in selected playwrights of the Theatre of the Absurd such as our human preoccupation to make sense of things; and the play-out of our various roles in society. Lately my work has become increasingly influenced by ideas and practices associated with Shamanism and the art (rock art) created by ancient civilizations like the Khoi-San people. Like the Absurdist theatre, it is the ‘irrational’ or ‘no-sense’ understanding which may be experienced/glimpsed in a Shamanistic ceremony that influences my art – things/meanings under the surface of normality.