Meredith Olinger

Region: MFA Annual

I work with wallpaper that I design and produce myself, both digitally and by hand. I affix layers of wallpaper to a surface, rip them away, and then collage them back on. My process is one of digging and building, cutting and pasting. I continue until the piece feels right. Sometimes it’s when it looks like an actual artifact, a found wall. Or sometimes it’s the exact opposite, a completely new thing.

I make patterns out of everything. I’ll scan to-do lists, repeat images of old paintings, or use graphic design work from past jobs. Nothing is off-limits. I also photograph my work while it is in process, make a pattern out of it, and then place that back into the work. I am interested in the possibilities of digital representation, the mutual dependence of art and design, and the elements of chance and control. I walk the line between painting and installation, art and design, blurring and, ultimately, eradicating these distinctions.