Oliver Mills, Banksia, 2020, charcoal on cartridge paper, 54.5 x 73.5cm. Photo courtesy the artist
Demolishing the Oats
19 November 2021 – 22 March 2022
Oliver Mills has been making art and poetry for ten years. This new exhibition of Oliver’s work at the Royal Adelaide Hospital focuses on some of his retrospective career highlights as well as exploring an exciting new tangent that brings together Oliver’s poetry and mark-making.
Oliver is an artist living with Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. There are many day-to-day challenges, but Oliver defies the odds. He works closely with mentors and movement and communication specialists to make the most of each day, and to make as much art as possible.
The title of the show, ‘Demolishing the Oats’, comes from the practice of journaling and exploring a new word each day for poetry whilst simultaneously exploring words and letters visually through mark-making. Oliver has used charcoal to fill each letter of the alphabet, creating a link and foundation for the combination of his art and poetry.
Furthermore, Demolishing the Oats is symbolic. It relates to Oliver’s life – when he is able to demolish his oats, he is having a good day.
This exhibition was presented as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival and with thanks to Henry Jock Walker who was the creative enabler working alongside Oliver Mills.