Adi O'Hara is a Sydney based contemporary artist working within the expanded field of painting. She creates viscerally stimulating work by manipulating compositional relationships to investigate the optical unconscious via a playful lens.
Adi's work delves into the concept of abstract irrationality and play and its connotations of adventure, curiosity, discovery and surprise. She plays with and ruptures the boundary of the conventional rectangular support, juxtaposes surface textures and burns the retina with her bold, saturated and often fluorescent colour palette. These formal contrasts set up the unexpected across the work so as to be dynamically uncovered by the wandering eye provoking a sense of surprise in the viewer.
Often a collage of mixed media, cut up and reconstructed multiple times during the making process, the resolved artworks present a richly reworked relief surface that contain a sense of history and adventure, play and fun. Adi’s work is vibrant and stimulating, urging a childlike curiosity in the audience as they engage with this visceral playground for the eye.