'In a figurative tradition extending from Boschian absurdity, to Rococo fleshiness, Sterling’s action-full, painterly and realist aesthetic brings together the humour and social commentary of R. Crumb’s underground comix with the bold and bright colours associated with Keith Haring’s street murals and Tom and Jerry cartoons. Accepting that her work “will always be about race, because everything is about sex, race, etc.” [at least that’s what it feels like]. Sterling’s focus is on embracing the inevitability of painting the mundane scenes that endeavour to obscure observations of othering.'
DATEAGLE ART INTERVIEWS OLIVIA STERLING
Laurie Barron, DATEAGLE ART, 22 Feb 2021