Jane Olin’s photographs have the meditative ink wash feel of a Zen painting. An experimental artist, she photographs with film and then processes the pictures in her darkroom, creating original works of art that can never be exactly duplicated. Every print is an innovative exploration of the moment, with a similar sensibility to Man Ray’s rayographs. Once she has finished her darkroom work, Olin scans her print and creates an archival pigment print, immortalizing her careful yet also spontaneous darkroom work.
Olin has been working as an artist for over twenty-five years and has received many honors and awards, including induction into the National Association of Women Artists at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2008. Her pieces are intuitive photographs of women and nature that are expressive, subtly shaded, and evocative of the time and place in which they were made. Along with a surrealistic reliance on chance, Olin’s artistic process creates work that seems to have hidden, possibly alchemical meanings.