Shelley’s Frankenstein has undeniably had a significant influence on modern art and film. Themes that often emerge from such works include electricity and the reanimation of life, the social and biological characteristics of hybrid life, and redesigning bodies through bio-elective enhancement.
Patricia Olynyk is an artist, writer and Director of the Graduate School of Art and Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis. Formerly appointed in Art & Design and the Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan, her work appropriates medical imaging technologies and scientific tropes to address the cultural instability of interpretation. Olynyk co-directs NY LASERs, art and science salons for Leonardo/ISAST with Ellen K. Levy in New York to promote dialogue at the highest level among artists, scientists, scholars, and historians. Her works have been exhibited internationally at venues including the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., the Saitama Modern Art Museum, Japan, and the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Posts by Patricia Olynyk
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.