Olivia Rutledge



Olivia Rutledge

Biography 
Liv Rutledge is a multimedia artist living in Pittsburgh and attending the University of Pittsburgh. She studies Studio Art and History of Art and Architecture with a minor in Museum Studies, set to graduate in April 2021. Liv grew up in Hershey, PA, where she still spends a lot of her time with her family. Liv’s work focuses a lot on childhood, imagination, and self. Much of her work is based around a cast of characters she has made up throughout her life, ranging from imaginary friends to doodles in her notes or even alternate personifications of real people. Her style is whimsical and playful, and she often experiments with several different mediums. 

Artist Statement 
I am investigating my standing in the world and who I am as a person, focusing on how my childhood has affected me as I grow older. I want to use my art to strike a balance between being a responsive adult and maintaining the innocence and carefree spirit of childhood. My work consists of characters I have developed as an adult combined with my recollections of whimsical childhood imaginings. I use my characters both as a fun way to express myself and work out issues, feelings, and memories from my life. I try not to limit myself to one medium but rather to play and experiment with several different kinds of making at once. I believe that this helps to revert to the childlike curiosity that has always fueled me. 

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