In one of Victoria Olsen-Mikitowicz’s artworks, Tyrannosaurus rex stomps across a page of the 1937 “Dispensatory of the United States of America,” once the pharmacy profession’s comprehensive guide to drugs, including those used in veterinary medicine. The book, like the subject matter, has gone the way of the dinosaurs.
Olsen-Mikitowicz, a fourth-year Washington State University veterinary medicine student, has a soft spot for the animal kingdom’s extinct and odd members.
“I think I am drawn to dinosaurs because they look like they shouldn’t exist, like elephants and giraffes,” she said. “The pages [of “Dispensatory”] have such a great feel and the information is so nerdy that I just couldn’t help filling them with awkward animals.”
Olsen-Mikitowicz’s work will be on display through September at the WSU Animal Health Library’s twice-yearly “Art in the Library” exhibit. Details of an artist’s reception will be announced later.
For more about Olsen-Mikitowicz, see the WSU News story at https://news.wsu.edu/2014/06/09/wsu-vet-students-quirky-animals-on-exhib….