Patricia OlynykProfessorat Washington University in St. Louis
Patricia Olynyk employs microscopy and biomedical imaging technologies to explore life at the micro and macro levels. In response to a technology mediated world increasingly desensitized to physical sensation, she produces images and installation-based work that calls upon viewers to expand their awareness of the worlds they inhabit, whether those worlds are their own bodies or the spaces that surround them. Recent projects for the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C, and the Art I Sci Center’s California NanoSystems Institute at U.C.L.A. challenge our “occularcentric” tendencies and focus on various modes of sensation—integrating magnified images of sense organs with macro-images the cosmos and of special garden environments that are designed to heighten sensate experience. Olynyk is Chair Elect of the Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF) and both director of the Graduate School of Art and Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis. She has also taught at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she became the first non-scientist appointed to their Life Sciences Institute. She received her MFA degree with Distinction from the California College of the Arts and later spent four years as a Monbusho Scholar and also Tokyu Foundation Research Scholar in Japan. Her work has been exhibited internationally at: the Brooklyn Museum; the Museo del Corso, Rome; the Saitama Modern Art Museum, Japan; the Universität der Künste, Berlin; and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.