Olivia Steele

Urban Interventions

International, Ongoing

“Perhaps seeing my truth will set a piece of you free.” —Olivia Steele

Steele’s outdoor public interventions have captured a lot of attention in recent years. Her linguistic and cultural deconstructions first invite you to look and then introspect.

Steele has aimed to venture away from the traditional confines of the art gallery. Vowing to return neon to its roots, Steele intends for her work to be experienced in the city streets but also somewhere unexpected, surrounded by nature.

By charging famous facades with her commentary, Steele attempts to challenge viewers’ assumptions about culture and conventional semiotics. In dialog with public spaces, her neon statements often straddle the juxtaposed line between sincerity and sarcasm.