Eileen Olivieri

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Artist Eileen Olivieri Torpey works in film, installation, photography and drawing. She is an alum of both Lewis and Clark College where she studied Anthropology/Sociology (BA), and Mason Gross School of the Arts, at Rutgers University where she studied Visual Arts (MFA). Ceramist/painter, Toshiko Takaezu (American, 1922-2001), and filmmaker, Ingmar Bergman (Swedish, 1918-2007) serve as Eileen’s early inspirations, in combination with the dense forest ecosystems of western Oregon where she spent her childhood. Her art primarily originates from site-specific, immersive experiences in landscapes across the U.S. and beyond. Eileen’s life-long commitment to transform the subtle, and often ignored, into an overt, visible form is one of the essential themes present in her work. This is illuminated in her graphite/ink drawings, and video installation pieces, which showcase her poetic mark-making process, mimicking the ephemeral rhythms of the natural world. Her documentary films expound upon this theme by exploring untold socio-cultural histories. By focusing on the inclusion of these narratives they, too, are made visible.

Eileen's directorial debut, “Ocean Keeper," premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival and on PBS/WNET, New York City in 2012. In 2014, Eileen was an associate producer for the feature documentary, "Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning," by Dyanna Taylor. The film premiered nationally on American Masters and is presently touring the U.S. and Europe. Currently, she is developing the independent feature film "Mink River," based on the original novel by Oregon writer, Brian Doyle. Eileen exhibits her work both nationally and internationally and in diverse venues such as the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN, the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City, the historic Sacred Heart Mission Church in Ruidosa, TX, and the Stekkjarflot Nature Park in Reykjavik, Iceland.  She is a two-time recipient of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation artist residency award and has received additional grants from the New Visions Film Program in New Mexico, The Idea Fund, and the U.S. Embassy Icelandic Art Exchange.  Eileen divides her time between New York City and Santa Fe, NM. 

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