Plender was born in London. Her work is often based on historical research and consists of architectural installations, videos, performances and comics. Recent projects have investigated early 20th century social and religious movements, such as the Kibbo Kift Kindred and addressed subjects such as the changing attitudes to education and value in the contemporary knowledge economy, in installations such as "Google Office", Taipei Biennial 2010.
Between 2002- 6 she made a comic book called The Masterpiece, about the life of a fictional artist in 1960s London.
"Taipei Biennial", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan (2010); "Altermodern: Tate Triennial", Tate Britain, London, UK (2009); "Aadieu Adieu Apa (goodbye, goodbye father)", Gasworks Gallery, London, UK (2009); "Information, Education, Entertainment", Marabou Parken, Stockholm, Sweden (2007); "Athens Biennial: How to Endure", Athens, Greece (2007); "Tate Triennial", Tate Britain, London, UK (2006); "Busan Biennial", Busan, South Korea (2006); BMW - 1X Baltic Triennale of International Art, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania (2005); Romantic Detachment, PS1/ MoMA, New York, USA (2004)
- Olivia Plender’s graphic novel A Stellar Key to the Summerland
- Images, texts and biography from the Saatchi Gallery
- Emily Davison Day http://www.hercircleezine.com/2010/12/07/daring-to-be-free-britains-honor-suffragist-emily-davison/