Photography

2018 Puglia

photograph title: Blue Skies



As Rebecca Solnit has said “…The rhythm of walking generates a kind of rhythm of thinking. This creates an odd consonance between internal and external passage, one that suggests that the mind is also a landscape of sorts and that walking is one way to traverse it.”

Photographs © Phyllis Odessey


2017 American Academy in Rome

Visiting Artist

2017 American Academy in Rome

Rome, Italy



photograph title: Roman Spirals



My baseball cap says “Home from Rome.” The working title of this project was “Rome to Home.” I collaged images together resulting in what Jean-Jacques Rousseau called “alert reverie.”

Photographs © Phyllis Odessey


2017 Guillkistan, Iceland

Artist-in-Residence
2017 Guillkistan
Laugarvatn Lake, Iceland


photograph title: Stairway to Heaven

This work is a journey for the imagination. Some photographs are single landscapes. Some photographs are collaged together. After I have the collage process, I pass the photographs on to my sister, Sheila Odessey. She adds another layer to the photographs by sewing on top of them.

Photographs © Phyllis Odessey


2016 France

Project Title: Field Notes

Photograph: Labrugiere

The evolution of the Field Notes project finds its genesis in the Italian passaggiaata or the French flaneur. This project uses the act of walking to activate thought and emotion.

Photographs © Phyllis Odessey


2015 Obras Foundation, Netherlands

Artist-in-Residence

2015 Obras Foundation

Renkum, Netherlands


Photograph title: Verticality

For this project, I created a series of photographs, which when combined resulted in a kind of psychogeography. Psychogeography is an investigation of the nearby landscape, which maps the effects of the environment on the individual.

Photographs © Phyllis Odessey


2014 Studio Ginestrelle

Artist-in-Residence

2014 Studio Ginestrelle

Regional Park of Mt. Subasio



Walk to the Water was an immersive walk in a rural landscape. The objective of the project was to interfere with the landscape. To place/create objects in the landscape that would focus the walker’s attention creating a kind of “hyper-awareness of the walker’s surroundings.

Photographs © Phyllis Odessey


2013 American Academy in Rome

Visiting Artist
2013 American Academy in Rome
Rome, Italy

photograph title: To Be As Still As A Needle

Most travelers hurry too much…the great thing is to try and travel with the eyes of the spirit wide open, and not to much factual information. To tune in, without reverence, idly — but with real inward attention. It is to be had for the feeling…you can extract the essence of a place once you know how. If you just get as still as a needle, you’ll be there.” – Lawrence Durrell

Photographs © Phyllis Odessey