Olivia Bonilla explores sentimental kitsch and personal nostalgia through references of sweets, toy culture, and animal portraiture. Her cupcake installations re-appropriate household patterning, a faux gold aesthetic, dramatic gestures and delicious decor. Inspired by the power of multiples, her sculptures explore the irresistible feeling of indulgence and emotional desire. Oozing cupcakes are juxtaposed with childhood colors of cotton candy blue and bubble gum pink. “There’s a feeling of exaggerated indulgence, playing with the theme ‘over the top.’ The kid in all of us that wants to mound their ice cream to the sky,” states Bonilla. Bonilla received her BFA in painting minoring in sculpture, from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. Olivia Bonilla currently lives and works in Charleston, SC.