Sonja Olson

Sonja Olson uses various mediums to represent images of industrial buildings from around the US and the world.

Throughout her life, Sonja has been attracted to architectural scenes comprised of multiple components and interesting rooflines, such as barn complexes and industrial structures. In her imagination, she enjoys simplifying such scenes into two dimensional compositions where the various planes are flattened into interesting shapes and areas of color.

Influenced by her training as a Hindu miniature painter, Sonja’s most recent pieces explore ways of representing her interpretation of industrial buildings by manipulating the arrangement the geometric forms, deliberately corrupting perspective, taking liberties with light and shadows, and being bold with color and precise with line.

The results are sharp, slightly abstracted, and most definitely affectionate portrayals of what are often considered “blighted” buildings and “eyesores”.