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 “Floating in a sea of existence alone”


Olga Townsend’s artistic vision stems from the incorporation of multiple mediums. She sees mixed media as a way of progress to break away from old ideas and to set new boundaries for the exploration of the arts. Though her main practice is in the field of photography, her view of what it can achieve is much broader than traditional methods. In her photographs, as in the Many World-Interpretation of reality, multiple medias exist together on the same plane: the combination of traditional contact and film printing, digital photography, drawings, illustrations, hand application of color, and found objects. The photographs often become the canvas for other images that are layered and manipulated. The works are both a stream of consciousness as well as a part of deliberate symbolism and creative choices. This combination of elements offers a glimpse into a world that is more than just an image frozen in time. The unification of visual symbols through different practices blurs the lines between traditional art and photography.


Her inspiration stems from sights, sounds and the written word.  These often trigger a flow of the creative subconscious that she is compelled to react to and document.  In her work she incorporates Jungian theories of collective unconsciousness as well as references to symbolism and esotericism. The escape from the subversive world into a dreamscape of memories, visions, and illusion is the goal of her work.  Only the symbolic can become universal and transcend the boundaries of culture and epochs.


Conceptualization and creating a narrative are important to the work she creates. Scenes are often played out in front of the camera like a mise-en scène. Art imitates life but a precise copy of nature is not required for the composition. Art is not a faithful documentation and the scenes and models are manipulated in order to fit the concept. Truth does not come from a faithful depiction, but from the integrity of the vision. Everything is connected and holds a hidden meaning. It’s up to the viewer whether they take the work at face value or delve deeper into the subconscious psyche of the creator.