Leanne Olson is an artist who has been exhibiting 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 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 with projects spanning years in length with extensive site-specific research and documentation. She focuses on land and water bodies that are tasked with jobs, such as landfills, sulphurous springs, and recreational lakes. The subjects in her images are often micro 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?