Jenny Olsen: "North"
“This house and the people in it were, and still are, crucial to my journey of sobriety and building a life for myself. I became human in this house. I found my love of photography in this house. I went back to college and thrived scholastically in this house. I learned how to be a good friend, roommate, and neighbor in this house. I found humility, honesty, and compassion for myself and others in this house. I found peace of mind and the woman I am today in this house.”
North is an intimate photographic portrait of the house in North Portland where Jenny Olsen lived for three years. This was the first place she called home after getting sober in 2011, and where many other life-changing experiences transpired. Her evocative color images capture the quiet moments spent in this sanctuary, memorializing a past time and place that continues to inform the present.
Jenny Olsen is a Portland-based artist originally from Kansas City, Missouri, where she grew up surrounded by art in the gallery her parents owned. She is currently completing a Bachelor’s degree in Art Practices at Portland State University with a minor in photography, and she plans to pursue graduate studies in teaching and art therapy. Olsen’s photography has been exhibited at Newspace Center for Photography, One Grand Gallery, and Port City Gallery in Portland, among other venues.
Opening Reception: Thursday July 7, 2016 6-10 pm
Exhibition on view:
July 7-31, 2016