About

Many animals have light seeking eyes, enabling them to see in the dark.  The first eyes in the animal kingdom evolved for the purpose of seeking light.* I need some of those eyes!  I love going on walks in the wilderness at night.

I grew up in south Texas, lived in Mexico, Brazil and moved to NYC in my early twenties. After 15 years living on the east coast,  I found myself yearning to live in a wilder place, to be closer to nature in a more ancient and vulnerable way. I moved to the high desert of Oregon where I ‘ve lived off the grid for the past 9 years. When I’m not exploring the wilderness, I’m drawing, painting, making things from bones; lately I’ve been busy with the release of my new book Closer to Wildness and preparing for an exhibition A COLLECTION FOR ZOPILOTE  at Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago  April 10-May 16 2015. The opening is Friday May 10 , 6-8 pm and there will be a gallery talk on Saturday.  

LIGHT SEEKING EYES is going behind the scenes:  what sparks ideas , the process behind some of my work & I’m excited to be interviewing many different kinds of artists, writers, musicians and naturalists. I switch the posts around from time to time so the dates of posting are not correct. 

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 http://www.irenehardwickeolivieri.com

http://www.irenehardwickeolivieri.com/book-closertowildness.htm 

*Larvae of marine invertebrates worms, sponges, jellyfish – have the simplest eyes that exist. They consist of no more than two cells: a photoreceptor cell and a pigment cell. These minimal eyes, called eyespots, resemble the proto-eyes suggested by Charles Darwin as the first eyes to appear in animal evolution. They cannot form images but allow the animal to sense the direction of light.

 

 

 

 

4 Comments

  1. Sally Brace

    This is the most interesting blog. Always a treat! I can’t wait to see your book!

  2. Thanks Sally! I’m so excited about the upcoming interviews-! And I just got an advance copy of the book- it was overwhelming to see many paintings that I’ve not seen in a long time all together like that. I went outside laid down under the stars and cried. (Fortunately there were no cougars lurking in the sagebrush but we have seen tracks recently!)

  3. Kathy Laheen

    Hi Irene! I just placed my order for Closer To Wildness and I can’t wait to see it- I know it will be So Beautiful! Your work, your courage, your heart and your voice always inspire me- I love your paintings and all the things you make and it will be amazing to see a whole dang book full of your creations. Congratulations on the publication and Bravo on your terrific blog, as well-
    Love from Kathy

  4. Kathy, Thank you so much for what you said- it means a lot to me. xox

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