Olivia Brouwer is an interdisciplinary emerging artist born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, now based in Cambridge, Ontario and currently working in Stoney Creek, Ontario. In 2016, she graduated from the Art and Art History joint program, specializing in painting and printmaking, at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College Institute of Technology. Since then, her work has been exhibited in a number of shows across Southern Ontario, some of which include the Blackwood Gallery, the Idea Exchange, Centre, and the Robert Kananaj Gallery in collaboration with Emerging Young Artists. She was a recent recipient of the Centre Emerging Artist Residency program, the Artist Residency program at the Cotton Factory, and the 2022 Femme Folks Fest Residency. She was one of 52 finalists for the 2021 Salt Spring National Art Prize, an award winner of the City of Hamilton Creator Award, as well as 1 of 5 finalists for the JRG Emerging Artist Award.
As a partially blind artist, Brouwer explores the concept of blindness by incorporating mixed media materials with painting, printmaking, and sculpture, melding organic and geometric abstraction with scenes inspired by natural organisms and spiritual teachings relating to vision from both a metaphorical and literal sense. Inspired by the Rorschach Inkblot Test, she addresses blindness and perception by examining ideas surrounding belief, meaning, clarity, and sight with an abstract image. Her current work explores visual art accessibility and the activation of human senses beyond the reliance of vision, such as touch and sound, enabling an inclusive experience for both visually impaired and sighted viewers.