Photographer | Actor | Dancer | Designer | Art Model | Art Director
I take photos because it feeds my creative soul and brings me closer to people. I dive into nature and travel because they bring me closer to myself. In addition to photography, I feel at home with any art form that involves consciousness and collaboration.
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Hillary Olson (@scrappyradish) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a primary focus in fine art photography. Hillary brings curiosity, empathy and impulse to each of her photoshoots to create shared experiences through collaboration and conscious connection.
Before pursuing self-employment in 2018, Hillary was the Marketing Manager for Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. She has her B.A. in Studio Art (painting) and Theatre Arts (performance) from Hamline University. Prior to Hamline, Hillary studied commercial photography, film photography & graphic design at Central Campus in Des Moines, IA.
Theatre arts and dance were some of Hillary's first introductions to creative collaboration and continue to greatly influence her work. Her experience with improvisational and site-specific movement allow her to create dynamic relationships between the body and its environment.
Hillary began life modeling for painting & drawing classrooms starting in 2013 and began modeling for the camera through self-portraiture. Her self-portraits continue to be a large part of her creative habit, allowing her to explore the multiplicities of self, through physical expression, performance and creative installation.
She recently was hosted at the Mudhouse Artist Residency in Agios Ioannis, Greece, where she created and showcased self-portraits in the historic Cretan village. Hillary's photographs were also shown at Black Magik Women III (2017) and The Palimpsest Project Showcase (2017) in collaboration with figure drawing artist, Loren Hextall. Her photography was published in the March, 2018 issue of Maiden's Magazine.
When she isn't around the camera, Hillary can be found performing in Twin Cities theatre, growing her skills in the aerial arts (silks), traveling, and gardening.