OLIVIA JOHNSTON is an artist based in Ottawa, Canada. She completed a BAh in Art History at Carleton University in 2015, graduating with High Distinction, and is currently the Photographic History Instructor at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa. Her practice includes both photo-based and multi-media work, within which she is preoccupied by questions of art history and the photographic image. In her photographic practice, Johnston makes use of numerous genres, including studio portraiture, self-portraiture, landscape, and still life, in order to explore themes of gender, individuality, vulnerability, and identity.
Johnston’s work has been displayed locally, including in Ottawa's Nuit Blanche and in the City of Ottawa’s collection, and internationally, in New York, NY; Portland, OR; Saint-Louis, Senegal; and London, England. Her work has also appeared in numerous publications, including NU Magazine (Montreal), Herd Magazine (Ottawa), the Ottawa Citizen (Ottawa), and Applied Arts Magazine (Toronto). She is looking forward to participating in Toronto’s CONTACT Festival in 2017 in a two-person featured exhibition entitled I May Be Crazy But Not That Crazy.