Raelene Olson

Student Artist-in-Residence 2014-15
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Artist Statement


Black < White
                        Black < White
                     Film brooch series


The art challenges the technology, and the technology inspires the art.

This quote by John Lasseter is the most fitting for the relationship between art and technology.

In today’s society there is a constant need to strive for perfection and to create better technology. Within recent years, digital film has grown increasingly flawless, rendering analog as an imperfect and virtually irrelevant technology. Many theaters are going digital, and with that transition the human connection becomes more distant from the workers running the film.

My work seeks to bring back the connection between film and workers through personal adornment. In jewelry adornments during the Victorian era, hair was used to honor and remember the deceased. Victorian hair jewelry inspired me to manipulate film to make modern-style brooches as a remembrance of past technology.