Margaret Dolinsky creates virtual reality portraits of people and landscapes. She welcomes visitors into digital worlds that combine aesthetic whimsical play with visceral and subversive confrontation. Dolinsky's work also involves digital projections for opera and experimental film. She designed interactive video for several operas, including the American Opera Theater. Dolinsky transforms her sketches by using vivid colors to evolve paintings, virtual reality, opera sets, video, animations, sculpture, and jewelry.
Dolinsky began working with the CAVE and Dan Sandin and Thomas DeFanti in the mid 90’s and recently did a residency at UCSD with the CAVECam. Her VR work exhibits internationally including at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, The ICC in Toyko, The Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria as well as other venues, festivals, and galleries. She has shared her work and spoken at many conferences including the International Society of Electronic Artists, SIGGRAPH, IEEEVR, Towards the Science of Consciousness, and Consciousness Reframed.
Dolinsky is featured in the book “New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts” by Donna Cox, et al. Dolinsky has contributed to several books including Reframing Consciousness: Art Mind and Technology (Ascott, Ed.), VR Developer Gems (Sherman, Ed.), Understanding Virtual Reality: Interface, Application, and Design (Sherman et al.) and Chinese and Portuguese publications. Dolinsky's work is featured in Leonardo, Discover, Computer Graphics World, US News and World Report and ACM's Computer Graphics.
Dolinsky co-chairs IS&T Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality conference with Ian McDowall, one of the founders of Fakespace Labs and currently at Intuitive Surgical Inc. Dolinsky is Associate Professor and Area Coordinator of Digital Art in the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design at Indiana University in Bloomington. She received a PhD from University of Plymouth, UK and an MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago.