Beatriz Olabarrieta's work is all about communicative errancy - the space of misbehaving words and images. She makes installations with text, objects and images where each component retains a certain elasticity. Rarely anything is fixed or glued and the work has a literal and metaphorical mobility. Speech is (mis)translated into textual and material acts, and there is a conversational and sociable tone between the various components in her installations. The sculptures are logographic and diagrammatic, continually pointing outwards to other things. There is a lexicon of simple and suggestive shapes. The profile of a face and onomatopoeic forms. The installations are often accompanied by sounds that merge static, and somatic references. The body belches and breathes as do the sculptures. There is a constellatory quality to the work with elements pushed to the edge of legibility.
- George Vasey
Beatriz Olabarrieta (Born 1979, Bilbao). Lives and works in London. She graduated in philosophy from the University of Deusto (Bilbao), in sculpture from the Wimbledon School of Art (London), and received a Master's Degree in sculpture from the Royal College of Art (London). Recent exhibitions include Faces, Fundación Joan Miró´s library and Espai13, curated by Marc Navarro, Barcelona, (2019); Ask the Dust, MCASB, Santa Barbara (2018- 19), Stay Twice, Bielefelder Kunstverein (Bielefeld, 2019) Meeting With a Double Agent , Syntax (Lisbon, 2017), The Only Way Out Is In, The Sunday Painter (London, 2017) and Book! Don't Tell Me What To Do, Parallel Oaxaca (Mexico City, 2017). She has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions at Serpentine Galleries (2016), Mot International (2015) and Lisson Gallery (2015), among other venues. Olabarrieta has been an artist in residence at the Museo Experimental El Eco (Mexico City, 2014) and the Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris, 2006).