Oakley Tapola (b. Chicago, IL, 1987) is a painting-based, multimedia artist working at the intersection of portraiture and sculpture. Her work comes out of the interweaving and exploration of three primary focuses: her personal experiences, psychology and dream analysis; ecological observation and the dissection of natural patterns; and science fiction narratives that reflect and analyze our present reality. The motifs and sculptural forms that she uses in her practice equally are inspired by these themes. She takes photographs of the people in her life and physical surroundings and integrates those images as source material into her paintings. She obtained her MFA from New York University in 2019. She has been the recipient of a Visual Art’s Fund grant through the Andy Warhol Foundation. Her work has been shown at Hair and Nails (Minneapolis, MN); 80WSE (NYC, NY); A. D. Gallery (NYC, NY); Titanik Gallery (Turku, Finland) and Oped Exhibitions (Tokyo, Japan). In addition to being a visual artist she also makes hand dyed, block printed clothing, clocks and other homes goods under the moniker "Frog Wear”. She currently lives and works in St. Paul, MN and Glendale (Queens), NY.