Through the improvisational process Olea Nova explores her sense of non-objective form. Beauty, harmony and improvisation are of concern in Olea Nova’s work. When looking at a painting Olea Nova’s intent is to facilitate experience through form, suggesting that a form can have symbolic and social meaning. Through interacting with culture Olea Nova’s formal inquiries consider meanings that are philosophical, psychological, cultural and socio-political. Olea's intent is for each work to have its own actuality, and focus is on the human perception through the interaction of lines, sounds and color, while simultaneously keeping to the improvisational mode of working and leaving the content open for multiple cultural readings.
Olea Nova is a visual artist and composer working in Chicago. She was born in Leningrad, Russia and is a graduate of the University of Humanities and Social Sciences in St. Petersburg, Russia and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her body of work encompasses painting, drawing, printmaking, video and sound. These additional practices involve work with available technology and help the artist to articulate space, temporal relationships, speed and movement in different ways. Olea Nova takes something from each mode of working and brings it into her non-objective paintings. She embraces the idea that different ways of art making can be looked at as languages articulating the same phenomena but by different means.
2018 Mana Professional: Miami Residency 2018, Mana Contemporary Miami, Miami, FL http://www.manacontemporarychicago.com/miamiresidency/
2018 Angie Glaser. Interview. “Piercing Conflict” Captures The Pain and Disruption of Migraine. https://migraineagain.com/disruption-of-migraine-piercing-conflict/
2017 Open Studios, Displaying new work (paintings and sound), Mana Contemporary Chicago, Chicago, IL
2016 Nature, Performing “Dystopia,” Slate Arts and Performance, Chicago, IL https://youtu.be/xIPbZ4edC7E
2015 Group Show Artists at Mana Contemporary Jan. 1st – Dec. 31st 2015, https://www.artsy.net/artist/olea-nova
2013 MoMA PopRally, Abstract Currents: An Interactive Video Event in conjunction with the exhibitions Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925, New York, NY https://vimeo.com/62528658
International Women Associates (IWA), Chicago, IL. Presentation: “Russian Icon Painting Revisited.” History of Russian painting from medieval icon to abstraction. March 2013 http://novamediaweb.com/?p=293
2010 "Summer Sounds: One Minute Film Festival," Screening video: "The New Beginning", The Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Wing, Chicago, IL
Coalesse, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL NeoCon 2010
2003 National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) 24th Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. Session title: Art as Activism in Women’s Studies. Presenting “Silent Witness Project” completed at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. June 2003