Livien is a visual artist working in painting, drawing, and fiber. Her work investigates natural and built environments as reflections of the inhabitants’ changing ideals. Transparent layers and tactile color palettes are utilized to surface narratives within the skin of the city. Current research interests include the usage of public spaces, social subtexts of graffiti, and urban agrarianism.
Originally from Lincoln, MA, Livien attended Reed College in Portland, OR and has lived in the Bay Area since graduating. She was selected as a 2014 Code for America Fellow to partner with municipal governments on improving their services to the public. During her fellowship, she co-founded Civic Quarterly, a publication on how design thinking and digital services can transform government. Livien participated in residencies at Gila National Forest and Wormfarm Institute, focusing on human interactions with the land. As a 2016 artist-in-residence at Planet Labs, a San Francisco-based Earth imaging company, she had the opportunity to laser-etch drawings onto satellites and exhibit in Earth’s orbit.