Olivia Di Gregorio is an emerging Canadian artist with a mixed background of Chinese and Italian heritage. She visits expressions about femininity, childhood, and melancholy in oil painted subjects, integrating contemporary ideals and identities into a classic mythological framework.
Having always been reflections of my journal writings, my work tells people with more sincerity than I could ever manage otherwise, about what I care for in that moment’s depiction. After two years of working as a caretaker for a disabled loved one, my recent paintings have become representative of an instinctual desire for survival. They describe stories about missing identities, survivors of abuse, seeking safe spaces, and modes of escapism within planes of individual solitudes. I look to folklore for inspiration, with fairies, changelings, and elements of magic to explain the shift from one state into another. I like to think this process is seen and experienced through the painting, as one looks into the worlds laid before them.
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