Almost Heaven

In her new work Almost Heaven, Olivia Lacey revisits a childhood fascination with Olivia Newton-John as the roller-skating muse from Xanadu (1980).

Over the course of the residency, Lacey will develop a series of portraits of Newton-John in order to explore the intersubjective (but often one-sided) relationship between fan and idol.

Lacey’s interest in fan art stems from research into the use of romantic language in pop music and the ambiguous dialogic exchange that is often implied through the open-ended nature of love song lyrics. Like romantic language, the fan-idol relationship can be framed in terms of ideas of obsession and longing. Through this new body of drawing works, Lacey aims to examine her role as both fan and artist within this dynamic.



30 Aug– 12 Sep, 2021

Open Studio:
Sat 11 Sep, 10am – 4pm


Ferryman’s Hut
29 Macquarie St, Teneriffe


Olivia Lacey
Olivia Lacey employs processes of transcription and translation to explore the ambiguities, slippages or humour that can arise in interpersonal interactions. Working across moving image, installation and text, she combines referents appropriated from pop music lyrics in order to examine the romantic dialogue as an intersubjective space of exchange. Her current practice is focused on the amateur performative spaces of karaoke and fan-made content. She also practices as part of the artist collective Lacey-Law-Lobwein. Lacey graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology in 2017. Recent solo and group exhibitions include:
At Arm’s Length, Metro Arts, Brisbane 2021; Now That You’re Here, Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane 2019; Love Me, Love Me, Metro Arts, Brisbane 2019; and We Could Meet Again, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo 2018.


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