Olivia Locher was born 22 years ago in the woods of Johnstown, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Manhattan. She received her BFA in Photography in 2013 from the School of Visual Arts. Olivia’s art is grounded in dreamlands and consciousness, while Olivia herself is generally dreaming. She breathes carefully and dances very rarely.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do. My name is Olivia Locher and I was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania twenty-two years ago. For the past four years I have been living and working in New York City. I make photographs.
How did your interest in art begin? I started making photographs when I was seventeen years old, I began by photographing people I found interesting. A year later I decided to go to art school to study the medium.
What artists are you interested in right now? Kenneth Anger, John Baldessari, Matthew Barney, Wolfgang TIllmans, Asger Carlsen.
What do you do when you’re not working on art? I read and drink too much coffee.
What are your plans for the next year? I am about to graduate from SVA with a BFA in Photography so I am about to learn what not being a student feels like. Although, I’d like to develop my portfolio so I can apply to grad schools to become a student again.
Favorite music? Arthur Russell and Harry Nilsson.
What were you like in high school? I was extremely shy and socially awkward, I sort of lived in my own imaginary dreamland. I was home schooled so I sort of missed the typical high school experience that I hear so much about.