b'Geraldine OndrizekContinuity and PostmemoryNicolas Orozco-ValdiviaGeraldine Ondrizeks practice often involves consultation and study with scientists, institu-tions, and archives devoted to further understanding the mechanics of the biological ways that life passes on information. For Chromosome Paintings (2012) Ondrizek collaborated with Senior Genetic Counselor and Co-Director of the University of Washington Genetic Medicine Clinic Robin Bennett and her team of geneticists to create large fabric visual-izations of complex and specific DNA structures. The end results were both pedagogical and optimistic; a type of new visualization of a synteny map, a colorful, striped array that compares gene sequences to bear on the at-times-obscure workings of human genes to create brilliant works on silk that encouraged curiosity, understanding, and dialogue between doc-tors and patients.Working alongside lab-coated professionals has not stopped Ondrizek from engaging some of the disciplines more troubled pasts. Her Shades of White (2015) grows out of research into eugenics and early conceptions of genetics and racial profiling; it references a skin color chart used in mid-century American hospitals as a visual aid for the administering of a widespread forced-sterilization program that targeted dark-skinned women and men in prisons, orphan-ages, and mental health facilities. This potent reminder of the professional esteem and popu-lar acceptance that the eugenics movement enjoyed speaks jarringly to our present moment, when indigenous women are sterilized by licensed physicians in Saskatchewan, Canada. 1Shades of White critiques the skin color charts used while pointing to the actual chemical melanin that produces the color of our skin, it is not black and white, but rather shades of red, yellow, and blue that we see in the work itself.A unifying aspect of the artists practice is her ongoing exploration of the legacies and inheri-tance of genetics, its continuity across generations. As we live through disquieting times, her work evidences a belief in the capacity of science and art to correct course after mistakes, and meaningfully build upon successes to realize intergenerational change.50'