Olivia Healy-Mirkovich is a California-based artist, with a focus in bookarts and illustration. She holds a BA in Studio Art and the History of Art and Visual Culture from UC Santa Cruz, and recently received an MFA in Painting from Laguna College of Art & Design. She currently lives and works in Pomona with her two clicker-trained cats, Jiji and Jude.
My work revolves around the notion that there is an inherent entropy to life. By addressing issues of physical and psychological disability, chronic illness, and loss, I hope to emphasize our physical existences as temporary, fragile, and bound by both mortality and random happenstance.
Though illustrated narratives tend to connote works of fantasy catered towards whimsy, they find their roots in a much harsher environment of cautionary tales and cultural anxieties. In creating “storybook” illustrations and hand-bound books, I strive to reference our traditional understanding of the medium while creating an intimate and tactile experience for the viewer to engage with darker, contemporary content.