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The paintings of Irene Hardwicke Olivieri are displayed in all their glory in Irene Hardwicke Olivieri: Closer to Wildness; from forest to sea, creature to human, and mixtures of the two. Her paintings contain several landscapes, depending on the scale at which you train your vision. The features of her subjects are created from fractal patterns of creatures upon creatures; this reviewer liked the honesty, the bright colors and the metamorphoses featured in her paintings. Irene Hardwicke Olivieri is an artist who articulates her ideas in a way that’s both gentle and bold – she began one painting intending to portray herself being eaten by vultures after her death , “to be food for my favorite flying friends,” yet the political climate of the time shifted her paintbrush to include Bush and Cheney. Her gorgeous treatment of all manner of “pests” – insects, rodents, carrion birds – renders them the opposite of repellent. They are welcomed not only as part of her psyche, but as a healthy part of it. This book is recommended for those who seek art to change their perspective on the world and to enter an uplifted space.

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