Olivia Webb was born 1988 in Christchurch and now lives and works in Wellington.
Webb’s art practice explores our experience of architectural and social space through video, performance and multi-channel sound installations. Her works utilise the human voice, particularly in song, as a way of ushering forth silent traditions, histories and experiences embodied in place and space.
Webb has performed and exhibited internationally as an artist and vocalist, and is currently completing her practice-led PhD in Art at AUT.
In her 2-channel sound work exhibited at Tai Tapu Sculpture Garden we hear the fourth movement of Antonio Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus. This musical setting of Psalm 127 is a song for our times; reflecting on addiction to work, the consequences of vain or futile labour and the role of children in society.
In this rendition, singers Emmanuel Godinez and Olivia Webb echo the conversations had by young working couples today, many of whom now cautiously consider the impact of reproduction in the face of climate change.
Nisi Dominus forms the second fold in a triptych series by Webb. The first fold, Miserere Mei based on Penitential Psalm 51, is currently presented at Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, Auckland.
Recent projects include Attunement (2018) Toi Pōneke Art Gallery, Wellington; Karanga (2017) The Physics Room, Christchurch; Untitled (2017) Headland Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island; Miserere Mei (2016) Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, Auckland; Voices Project & Lapides Vivi (2016) Edinburgh Art Festival, Scotland; The Choir of the Self (2016) The Audio Foundation, Auckland; Scale (2015), Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland.