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Studio Portrait

Olivia Tawzer (b. 1999) is an artist from Chattanooga, TN with a practice based in storytelling and figuration. Her narratives emerge from an accumulation of memories, imagination, and observation. Born and raised in the Bible Belt of Southern Appalachia, she is informed by the culture and stereotypes of this region. Some prevalent ideas in her work are gender, power, and interconnectedness. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the spring of 2021 with her BFA in Painting and Drawing and works as a licensed tattoo artist. She is the founder of Grief Garden Tattoo Project, an initiative to create a space to talk about loss while participants receive a personal memorial. 


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