The Canvas | Olga Osi
04 February 2012
Canadian photographer, Olga Osi, grew up in Hungary where she worked as a teacher. When she moved to Canada she started experimenting with layered photo techniques. Olga's main sources of inspiration is nature and spiritual experiences. Olga says, "I view the art of photography as an artistic process of distilling and re-electing the beauty of God’s creation into a personal vision. My positive attitude of life is based on my faith, hoping that the beauty and love of life shines through my pictures".
What is your earliest artistic memory?
Drawing on the tiles of my mom’s kitchen floor.
Has your art or approach/method changed over the years and if so, how?
During the years, I was always trying to present photography in a different way as usual. Way back, when I started darkroom work, I enjoyed experimenting with 'Contact Photos', like dropping my mom’s wig on the photo paper or making big mess by sprinkling the developing chemicals on them. The results were amazing and exciting. Now, Photoshop has endless opportunity to enrich an image with artistic elements in a way that otherwise would be very difficult or impossible. I’m glad that I don’t have to soak the negative in warm water anymore to have a 'cracked' effect.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
From spiritual realms and nature. After reading a scripture in the Bible, I often get inspired and I see images in my mind and I try to build my photos until I reach the fullness of that picture.
What is your biggest ambition as an artist?
My greatest joy when people write me back how my image touched them or how they got encouraged by them. I see my visual art as a tool in God’s hand to reach his children with love, comfort, joy, beauty, according to their needs.
If you could own any piece of artwork, what would it be and why?
I feel so privileged and blessed that I already own that piece and I would be probably able to own any other if I wish. My special friend, Ruth Palmer, Canadian painter’s art is the most visually and spiritually inspiring for me. I love her bold and unique color combinations, her expressive and sometimes very funny shapes she establishes in her abstracts. I love that soul-touching beauty of her botanical abstracts and most of all the divine inspiration she has as a source of her/our faith. My greatest joy, besides having a few of her original paintings on my wall, is the deep spiritual bond we have together. She is great! You can check out her collection at: http://ruthpalmerfineart.com/#home
If you could receive coaching/training from any artist (past or present) who would it be?
I would love to sit beside Leonardo Da Vinci and watch him painting…
If you could have you artwork displayed in any gallery in the world, where would it be?
I would love to exhibit in any church where they would appreciate my work.
Who would you like to meet and what question would you want to ask them?
I’d love to meet Adam Young (Owl City). He’s not only an outstanding musician but an excellent photographer. I would love to chat with him about spiritual things. He’s a great mind.
What is your most prized possession?
Definitely my Saviour in my heart.
If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?
Back to the beginnings… back to Eden. The most perfect spot on Earth before the fall.
What do you consider the greatest invention of all time?
Glasses. Without them many artists and other people would be miserable.
If you had the power to change something what would that be and why?
I’m fine with the fact that God can change anything; we just have to ask him in prayer.
What is your favourite place?
God’s presence and the ocean shore.
Can you tell us the title/author of the last book you have read?
“The Heavenly Man” by Brother Yun and Paul Hattaway.
What would you scribble on a wall of world’s greatest quotes?
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
What are you most afraid of?
Meeting a jelly fish.
What life lesson do you always stand by?
Forgive so you shall be forgiven.
If you had to give art students today some advice, what would it be?
Art is not what you have in your hand; it’s what you have in your heart.
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