Olga says, seemingly playfully, that she hardly recognizes herself as a photographer. Instead, she says, she uses photography as a tool – like an instrument to make music or a brush for painting to create an image of her vision, with a dreamy and in direct relationship to external reality. She does this in varying styles. Some images are essentially representative photography of the world around her that nevertheless dissolve into the wonder of abstract pattern, while others are complex manipulations of the ordinary visual world that use intentional camera movement, multiple exposures, and well planned color pallets to reflect her vision, dreams and feelings – and resonate with ours.
The Urban Spirit images are abstract impressionistic representations of contemporary life of the cities through Olga’s eyes. Each place in the world has its own spirit, essence and mystery. The megalopolises have dynamic life and small towns have their enigma. This series draws from Olga’s love of travel and her urge to push on to yet another horizon, as well as the ways her imagination transforms the places she finds herself.
- Olga Merrill
Olga Merrill is a visual artist primarily using the medium of photography. She was born in the Far East of Russia, on April 9th, 1971 and grew up there until June of 1988.
She graduated from Samara State University of Economics in 1992 and Samara State University in 1996. She lived and worked in Russia until March of 2013 when she came to Maine, USA and life changed. At the end of 2015 her life changed even more — she got a camera and her view of the world became different through lenses. Photography was a hobby for her father, and she remembers the smell of chemicals from being with him in his darkroom. Who knew that after more than 35 years from her first brief touch of photography, she would become an artist and visual art started playing a significant role in her life.