Olek Is Crocheting Over A Secret
Olek is a Polish-born artist who resides in London where she is most well-known for her crochet work. Using her trademark colorful camouflage pattern, she will cover anything in sight with a net of crocheted fabric. She attacks everything from the Wall Street Bull in New York City to her latest “apartment installation” at Tony’s Gallery in London.
This gallery piece is an entire apartment covered in colorful and intricate crochet work. She uses quotations from her text messages and emails to explore the progression of herself as a woman and her recent move to London. The piece is titled “I do not expect to be a mother, but I do expect to die alone.”
Olek’s work is so colorful it would be hard not to have a happy reaction to it. There is a deeper truth behind all of the color, though. As she says in her artist’s statement, “What do I intend to reveal? You have to pull the end of the yarn and unravel the story behind the crochet.”