Crypto Art OG Olive Allen on The Evolution of NFTs
Crypto art OG Olive Allen says a lot through her art. With her earliest NFTs dating back to 2018, Allen has continued to roll out series after series of works that are indicative of cultural shifts and personal change.
Ranging from whimsical and lighthearted to eerie and dystopian, Allen integrates bears, furbies, sheep and more into her caricatures of pop culture. The mastermind behind Sheeple, a social commentary series launched following Beeple’s “First 5000 Days”, she intentionally creates low-caliber pieces to emphasize the meaning behind her art.
“Sheeple is meant to be a commentary… It’s kind of a tendency of people following what’s popular and what’s latest with no regard to if it’s good or bad or whatever,” says Allen. “It’s just blindly following the herd.”
Through her edition and 1/1 sales, Allen has racked up just under half a million in sales (according to CryptoArt.io), with a few of her larger sales having taken place in the last few months alone.
On this episode of the nft now podcast, Olive Allen talks about taking on the role of OG crypto artist, her satirical, culturally critical releases, diversity in the NFT space and more.
It’s clear from the way Allen talks that she sees comedy in the hypocritical nature of collecting and investing in crypto art. As an early advocate of NFTs she’s come to find that “people are more passionate about buying Bored Apes and CryptoPunks than… buying artists of color. I mean this is the truth,” she says.
As a woman in NFTs, Allen is painfully aware of the lack of diversity among crypto artists. She feels that influencers in the NFT space can always do a better job uplifting minorities and actively defying the white male stereotype that comes with art and tech.
On inclusivity, Allen says, “collecting women and artists of color is essential. To give various people a voice, that’s very important. I think the crypto world and the world of tech in general has a lack of inclusivity. Certain voices are amplified more than others – and it’s just super visible and super apparent.”
Having recently completed an auction with Christie’s, Allen seems to be focusing more on NFTs and their use in the metaverse. With many of her bear and sheep characters seemingly a perfect fit to be turned into avatars, she feels that metaverse technology is just getting started.
“You can be anything, you can build anything. It’s just incredible,” says Allen. “I think it’s just something we can’t avoid. See, if your reality sucks, build a new one in the metaverse – and that’s okay.”
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