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Chromosome 5 Gastric Cancer, 2012
Silk Crepe de Chine, digitally printed, 13 x 69 inches, Edition of 10.$150




Chromosome 6 Ovarian Cancer (Square),2012
Silk Crepe de Chine, digitally printed, 36 x 36 inches, Edition of 2. $300




Chromosome 6 Ovarian Cancer, 2012
Silk Crepe de Chine, digitally printed. 13 x 69 inches, Edition of 10. $150




Chromosome 7 Colon Cancer (Square),2012
Silk Crepe de Chine, digitally printed, 36 x 36 inches, Edition of 2. $300




Chromosome 7 Colon Cancer, 2012
Silk Crepe de Chine, digitally printed, 13 x 69 inches, Edition of 10. $150




Chromosome 14 Lymphoma, 2012
Silk Crepe de Chine, digitally printed, 13 x 69 inches, Edition of 10. $150




Chromosome 15 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (Square),2012
Silk Crepe de Chine, digitally printed. 36 x 36 inches, Edition of 2. $300




Chromosome 15 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, 2012
Silk Crepe de Chine, digitally printed, 13 x 69 inches, Edition of 10. $150




Chromosome 17 Breast Cancer, 2012
Silk Crepe de Chine, digitally printed, 13 x 69 inches, Edition of 10. $150




Chromosome 18 Pancreatic Cancer , 2012
Silk Crepe de Chine, digitally printed, 13 x 69 inches, Edition of 10. $150




Chromosome 20 Colin Cancer, 2012
Silk Crepe de Chine, digitally printed, 13 x 69 inches, Edition of 10. $150




Chromosome 22 Leukemia, 2012
Silk Crepe de Chine, digitally printed. 13 x 69 inches, Edition of 10. $150




Chromosome X Testicular Cancer, 2012
Silk Crepe de Chine, digitally printed, 13 x 69 inches, Edition of 10. $150 .




Ovum, 1999
Lithograph on mulberry paper, arches cover, bound in black book cloth, 7 x 8 x 2.5 inches. $1500




Ovum Dividing Over and Over, 1999
Graphite on accordion rice paper book, bound in black book cloth. 6.75 x 4.75 x .50 inches. $800


Fertility Prayer Book, 1999
Graphite on accordion rice paper book, bound in black book cloth, 6.75 x 4.75 x .375 inches. $500




Chromosome Painting, 2013
23 pages, color digitally printed on Epson matt paper, Text type set in 18pt news gothic and printed on a Vandercook No. 3 letterpress at EMprint Press, Etched plexi cover, 1.75 x 20 x .50 inches, Edition of 20. $800.
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Statement

For twenty years I have created architectural installations that house biological phenomena. My work attempts to straddle the corporal and the conceptual by physically immersing the viewer in sensory elements such as the sounds and video projections of cell division or materials and structures based on genetic data. Ultimately the content of the work explores personal and political issues related to genetics, ethnic identity, and disease.

From 2009-2012, I collaborated with the department of medical genetics at the University of Washington (UW). This resulted in three bodies of work. First, I created “Chromosome 17,” a commissioned work that documents 50 years of medical genetics at UW. I made my second piece, “Case Study,” for an exhibition at the Portland Art Museum; it mapped genetic qualities present in my family. The third artwork, “Chromosome Paintings,” derived from my studies of synteny maps, colorful striped arrays that compare gene sequences, that are used to detect cancer. The Kirkland Arts Center show consisted of a set of semi-translucent silk panels labeled with the type of cancer correlated to the chromosome and a limited edition of 10 silk panels to raise funds for treatment at the UW Cancer Clinic. A percentage of sales made through Central Booking will go to the University of Washington Cancer research.

I am currently working on an installation based on genetic information and discrimination for the Jordan Schnitzer Museum Art Artist Project Space to open in 2014.

Biography

Geraldine Ondrizek received her BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MFA from the University of Washington. She is a Professor of Art and artist at Reed College in Portland Oregon. For the last twenty years she has created architecturally scaled works that house images and forms inspired from medical and biological information.

In 2012 her work traveled to the Kirkland Arts center, to the University of Houston, NASA, and Florida International University in Miami. She was the recent recipient of an Oregon Council and Ford Foundation Professional Development Grant for the creation and exhibition of Chromosome Painting. She has received the Stillman Drake Fund, the Levine Fund and Mellon Foundation Faculty Research Awards; in 2006 Ondrizek won the Oregon Council on the Arts Fellowship. She has been an artist in residence at CAMAC in France, Gasworks in London, the Women’s Studio in New York, Kunstseminar in Schwäbisch Hall Germany, the Mattress Factory in Pennsylvania and the Anderson Arts Center in Colorado. She has lectured at CalArts in LA, Hamilton College in New York, Columbia College in Chicago, The Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths College in London, The University of Washington, and The Conference for Art and Society in Venice Italy.

Ondrizek’s work has been shown widely in galleries and museums, including 30 solo exhibitions and numerous group shows. Shows include, Portland Art Museum, The Detroit Institute of Art, The Sheldon Museum, The Western Washington Gallery, The Sheehan Gallery at Whitman College, The IMSS Chicago, The Miller Gallery at Carnegie–Mellon University, the Hillwood Museum in New York, Pyramid Atlantic, The Wiesman Museum, The Museum of Fine Art Baltimore as well as other places. Reviews of her work have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Art Week, art ltd, Art News, Surface Design, Textile; a Journal of Cloth and Culture, the New York Times, the Oregonian, and the Sudduetch Zietung.

She will show her work and lecture at The International Conference on Art and Society in Budapest Hungary in 2013 and have a one-person show at the Schnitzer Museum of Art in August 2014.

Geraldine Ondrizek Website