The University Record, October 9, 2000

Exhibition showcases Olynyk’s collages on hand-made paper

By Joanne Nesbit
News and Information Services

Collages on handmade paper emphasize the relationship between the hand-drawn and printed images themselves and the material quality of the paper from which they emerge in Patricia Olynyk’s works. An assistant professor of art at the School of Art and Design, Olynyk has mounted “Sticks, Pods, Bones: New Collage Works on Handmade Paper” using traditional Japanese materials and methods of production. She combines these with alternative and digital printmaking processes, including woodblock, collagraph, monoprint, persimmon tannin, and oil to enhance the diaphanous quality of each layer.

Olynyk’s work has developed from extensive research as a visiting scholar in Japan as well as her continuing interest in Eastern philosophy and mythology, morphology, and the interrelationship between human culture and the natural environment. All of these currents find form in the new work contained in this exhibition.

Debra Belt, critic for the Sacramento Bee, describes Olynyk’s work as “gracefully balancing and quietly dominating the show” in the Himovitz Gallery (Sacramento, Calif., winter, 2000). “Her expertise is based not on magic, but on insight, craftsmanship, patience and focus.”

Before joining the faculty last year, Olynyk taught at Kyoto Seika University in Japan and at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She completed her undergraduate work in Canada, and received her M.F.A. degree in printmaking from California College of Arts and Crafts. Olynyk was a Monbusho Scholar and Tokyu Foundation Research Scholar in Japan for four years, where she studied printmaking and papermaking. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in collections of the Hewlett Packard Headquarters (California) and the Fairmount Hotel (Dallas).

This exhibition will open Oct. 12, and continue through Dec. 15 in the Institute for the Humanities Gallery. A formal opening will be held 5–7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Gallery. Gallery hours for this free exhibition are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday. The exhibition is in conjunction with the celebration of new offices for the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Special gallery tours, including this show, will be on at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 beginning from the steps of Lane Hall at the corner of State and Washington streets.