Christine received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in 1994. She moved to Marfa, Texas in 2001. While attending graduate school in Chicago, she began to do recordings of herself drawing and later made compositions with her recordings. Her first instruments were made in 1995 and she has been performing and collaborating with artists, writers and musicians ever since.
Following graduate school Olejniczak received a grant from the City of Milwakee working with blind pre-school children. At the time she was also working at the center for Deaf Blind Persons teaching occupational crafts and life skills. Her experience with the deaf and blind still colors her work in her efforts to explore ideas through different senses.
In 2001 Olejniczak started her drawing band, Electric Dirt. In 2005, Duet for Pen and Pencil was included in a film maker and curator, Matt Hulse’s, Audible Picture Show. The show continues to tour internationally. Hulse also chose to highlight her work in his presentation, “Studies in Sound: Listening in the Age of Visual Culture,” which was the closing event at an international graduate student conference at the University of Iowa in February of 2007.
Recently her work was introduced to an audience of poets. This year poet C.A. Conrad included her work as a part of the (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals he created for his book “Ecodeviance, (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness.” Using text from Emily Dickinson’s “733, The Spirit is the Conscious Ear,” Olejniczak created a sound piece for G.C. Waldrep’s presentation of “Poetry as Non-Diegetic Speech” at the AWP 2014 Poetry as Sound’s Potential panel. The paper and sound piece was published online by OmniVerse.