ALL THINGS OLIVE…
Dr. Olive B. Luewing is an artist, scientist, activist, and angler. Founder of S.A.A.N.D.D. (Scientists and Artists Against Nature Deficit Disorder*), Dr. Luewing uses her virtual personality to encourage people in the actual world to slow down, appreciate the world around us, and to live artfully.
Dr. Luewing is also a forerunner in the trend of publishing book covers (sans central text) in limited edition. As ironic gesture, Luewing’s covers acknowledge today’s reality of tangible books as collectable design objects and not as central source of information. Her recent edition of the cover, “P.S. Your Fly is Down: Memoirs of Catch and Release” has just entered it’s second printing.
Most popularly known from her Facebook following, Dr. Luewing publishes her OBL verified findings and field notes regularly. Her photographic albums, “Winged Things”, “First Sightings”, “What Georgie Did” document unique natural occurrences that elude other scientific studies. Luewing’s sensitive observational drawing series such as “Kinsella’s Wallet” and “Joss Insects (Ancestors of Summer)” interpret the life cycle through poetic line, color, and sophisticated rendering.
Recently, an audience of 400+ educators at the renowned Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, MO were treated to a rare interview with Dr. Luewing, via remote video, by Webster University professor of art, Carol Hodson. Referencing conceptual artist Marcel Duchamp, author Mark Twain, performance artist Andy Kaufman, photographer Cindy Sherman, and diva Lady Gaga (among others), Hodson introduced Luewing as her “permissioned self”. Luewing then expanded on her role as Hodson’s alternative persona and the crucial need for patience and creative freedom in education. “Learning takes time…” Luewing stated, ” and there is beauty in the details of a life lived artfully.”