Photography Bio

Photography Bio

“Olivia’s work has the ability to draw you in as though you are part of the experience. Truly magical! Thank you, Olivia, for the eyes through which you see the world.”

Shannon Patterson, DC, Vancouver BC Canada,
Owner of Captured in Freedom by Olivia Fermi

Artist Statement

It’s December 2005. I head off to buy a wireless router for my computer and come home with a Canon digital SLR camera and a wide-angle lens. The visual artist in me, stuffed in the closet for far too long, re-emerges.

My lifelong curiosity about the nature of experience – learning, growth, intimate moments – fuels my love of photography along with the requisite joy in choosing one frame *now* out of all that we see. What joy! I begin to capture moments – in life – of people, weddings, dancers, construction workers on the street, cacti, penguins, dogs, icebergs, mountains, storms, spring buds and flowers – the exotic and the mundane.

In fits and spurts, I learn about my camera, the digital darkroom, print and projection, how to work with people at events and with those desiring intimate portraiture. All the while asking my eyes to see wide, narrow, in color, in black and white, sepia, composition, tone, frame and light. Regularly, I declare to myself a simple visual challenge with which to work…

How mysterious, that in starting with the concrete, what often emerges is my visual poem. But I won’t write a poem here. Let this be the time and the place to see, to feel, to sense directly with the eyes. And if you like what you see: drink the vision and let it inspire you too!

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With her Canon digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera and interchangeable lenses, Olivia Fermi focuses on capturing the moment: whether at a wedding, on the street or in nature. Her photography has been published in the Georgia Straight, The Vancouver Courier and Cheminement and hangs in private collections including homes, offices and corporate headquarters. Olivia holds a B.A. in Studio Art & Theater from Oberlin College and an M.A. in Applied Behavioral Science from Bastyr University.

Photographic Exhibitions & Projects

Tempestuous Words & Lush Images: Two dozen visual artists and poets working in paired collaboration, Cafe deux Soleils, Vancouver, CANADA: February 1 – March 15, 2009.

Monochrome: group show featuring black and white photography, Exposure Gallery, Vancouver, CANADA: February 6-22, 2009.

A Matter of Time: group show featuring photography within the theme of time, Exposure Gallery, Vancouver, CANADA: January 10-25, 2009.

Salon Show: an unthemed group show, Exposure Gallery, Vancouver, CANADA: December 4 -21, 2008.

Magnum-Hewlett Packard-CONTACT Photography Master Class Exhibition: group show, CONTACT Gallery, Toronto, CANADA: May 10 – July 31, 2008. Nude self-portrait of a photographer viewing the world and herself in a mirror.

L’aqua*la: The Unveiling: solo exhibition of 20 nudes in water showers, The Creative Framing Company, Vancouver, CANADA: February 21 – March 30, 2008. PhotoArtist Talk: Ecology of Nude: March 15, 2008. Show extended through April 20, 2008.

Some viewer comments:
Beautiful water formations on the body… Really beautiful Olivia.” ~ “Fantastic! Stirs the blood!” ~ “Sensual & sexy! I can’t wait to hang mine.” ~ “A great show – really courageous!” ~ “Thank you for sharing your passion for life with us!

Performance: group show, Exposure Gallery, Vancouver, CANADA: February 8 – 24, 2008.
3 unique frames on nude self-portraiture entitled: Space to See.

Vancouver: group show, Exposure Gallery, Vancouver, CANADA: January 11 – 27, 2008.

The Heron Graffiti Project: 25 images of local graffiti in a permanent collection at Heron Construction & Millwork Ltd., Richmond, BC, CANADA. Grand Opening of new premises: December 13, 2007.

This project came about when Ron Gerrard, President, Heron Construction, approached me to provide images of tagging for their new head office. I became a Graffiti Huntress, prowling the alleys, peering through fences at graffiti-laden box cars, discovering marks in all the right places. The 25 images are displayed in a square format to portray energy – rebellion – color; and then perhaps to provoke curiosity and consideration of the messages inherent in this unlawful, but much sought after expressive art. I would like to thank all of the unknown graffiti artists who made this project possible and extend a salute to Ron Gerrard whose belief in the value of individual expression made this project a reality.

Winter Salon: an unthemed group show, Exposure Gallery, Vancouver, CANADA: December 7 – 16, 2007.

Nocturne: group show, Exposure Gallery, Vancouver, CANADA: November 8 – 25, 2007.

Nude: group show, Exposure Gallery, Vancouver, CANADA: October 12 – 28, 2007.

Art in the Hood: group show of painting and photography by local neighborhood artists and photographers: Flower Factory, Vancouver, CANADA: September 29 – October 31, 2007

Monochrome: group show, Exposure Gallery, Vancouver, CANADA: September 14 – 30, 2007.

Persona: group show, Exposure Gallery, Vancouver, CANADA: March 16 – April 1, 2007.

The Travelling Eye: group show, Exposure Gallery, Vancouver, CANADA: January 12 – 28, 2007.

Winter Salon: an unthemed group show, Exposure Gallery, Vancouver, CANADA: December 7 – 17, 2006.

Art About the Drive: various photographers views of the 2006 Commercial Drive Fest, displayed in shops along Commercial Drive, Vancouver, CANADA. August 10 – 31, 2006.

Olivia Fermi, M.A. ~ Photographer