November 8, 2019

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Helena Merker

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The Sculptural Crochet Creations of Olek

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In our current political and social climate, art is an essential method of expression, allowing an artist to both spread awareness and express their own opinions. The combination of visual arts with social media platforms shares and communicates messages almost instantaneously, bringing an artist’s work to a far-reaching, diverse audience. …

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In our current political and social climate, art is an essential method of expression, allowing an artist to both spread awareness and express their own opinions. The combination of visual arts with social media platforms shares and communicates messages almost instantaneously, bringing an artist’s work to a far-reaching, diverse audience.

One such artist employing the power of art to enact change is Olek, who is based in New York City. Olek runs the Instagram account @oleknyc, which currently has almost 60k followers. She is known for all things yarn-related, especially her intricate crochet installations. Many of her works make a statement related to important sociopolitical themes. Some of the objects she has depicted through the medium of yarn include crocheted statues, cars, and bicycles. The diversity of posts on her Instagram account range from art to travel to women’s rights.

Olek explores ideas such as feminism, sexuality, and how colors are used in communication. Her work blurs the lines between craft, fashion, and art, seamlessly being both sculptural and imaginative. In addition, Olek uses bursts of bright colors to communicate cultural and political critiques through the transformation of public spaces and objects. 

Throughout her career, Olek has received many awards, some of which are the Ruth Mellon Award for sculpture (2004), the In Situ Artaq Award (2011), and a grant for performance in a public space from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2011). She also won the Apex Art competition (2008). Overall, as an artist, Olek aims to share new works with the public and bring energy, color, surprise, and life to any space.