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Artist Statement by Brittany Long Olsen

By Sandra Clark

I started making one comic every day for my journal back in 2008 as a college freshman. A few years later when I became an LDS sister missionary, I saw no reason to stop making comics every day.

I self-published my mission journal after I came home, and the response to my book has been more than I could have imagined. I’ve heard from people of all ages from all over the country how my experiences resonated with theirs or how I helped prepare them for their own mission. In a way, it makes me feel like I’m still a missionary because my testimony is still being read and shared with hundreds of people.

The artwork I do now may not be as ground-breaking or meaningful–I make comics about everything from going on weird dates with my husband to picking up my dog’s poop. However, the fact that I share my comics online shapes the way I think about my life. I think, “Will this make someone smile? Will this help someone feel that she’s not alone?”

Everything going on this year has overwhelmed me, and it took some time, but I came to realize that I don’t have to feel insignificant in the face of all that’s wrong with the world. I can make someone laugh and #sharegoodness and be genuine about the parts of my life that I love or am working hard to change. As an artist, all I can hope is that my work touches someone for the better, even if it’s in the smallest of ways.

About Sandra Clark

Sandra Clark Jergensen's writing (most often about food) has been published in Gastronomica, Apartment Therapy, The Exponent, and at Segullah, where she was once the Editor-in-Chief, and now as Features Editor. Sandra geeked out on food and writing as a master's student food studies at University of Texas, Arlington. She makes her home in California where she runs without shoes, foster parents, teaches cooking, develops recipes, and struggles to take pictures with her eyes open, and sometimes all at the same time. She is the owner and creator of thekitchennatural.com.

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