More crochet as art. The Smithsonian Institution's Renwick gallery is putting on an exhibition called 40 Under 40: Craft Futures
, which showcases important young artists. One of these is Olek (nee Agata Oleksiak), a 32-year-old Polish crocheter. Her work "Knitting is for Pus****" is featured; a picture of it is 47th out of the 61 slides
in the show.
KIFP is an installation work in which all surfaces of a studio apartment have been crocheted over. More pics of this work and her other works are at Olek's Web site
. A couple of works are adult in nature (most aren't). A portion of her artist statement, taken from her site, is as follows:
A loop after a loop. Hour after hour my madness becomes crochet. Life and art are inseparable. The movies I watch while crocheting influence my work, and my work dictates the films I select. I crochet everything that enters my space. Sometimes it's a text message, a medical report, found objects. There is the unraveling, the ephemeral part of my work that never lets me forget about the limited life of the art object and art concept. What do I intend to reveal? You have to pull the end of the yarn and unravel the story behind the crochet.