Leanne Olson is an artist living in Edmonton. She has a BA in Film Studies and has maintained a photography practice since 110mm film was around. Olson has been exhibiting her work for a decade. Since 2017 she has been in a series of intensive artist residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Artscape on Toronto Island, and most recently she held a one-year position as the first Artist in Residence at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre.
Olson’s practice centres on interpreting sites of massive change. Her projects span years in length with extensive site-specific research and documentation. She focuses on land and waterscapes that are tasked with jobs, such as landfills, sulphurous springs, and recreational lakes. The subjects in her images are often macro captures of ecosystems adapting and responding to the effects of time. Her work challenges dominant photography narratives and asks, what if we had empathy for decay?