Julia Olson makes paintings and drawings, taking daily life as subject matter.
Living abroad and traveling through foreign countries, her paintings are characterised by people, objects and landscape from a Western gaze in which connection plays an important role. By contesting the division between herself and “the other,” she investigates the dynamics and beauty of underlying kinships.
Her works establish a link between an inner and outer reality founded on the idea of the metaphorical veil – a connector, not a separator. These works focus on questions that underline connection in a visual record of the everyday. By exploring the concepts of landscape, still life and portrait she absorbs the tradition of the seemingly mundane into a daily contemplative practice. Moments are depicted that punctuate a spiritual connection. The goal: find poetic meaning in everyday life.
Julia Olson currently lives and works in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.