Olek's work is often site specific - it's designed to be viewed in a certain place, often on the streets. I love this piece of a mother pushing her child past street graffiti. The crochet is done in a pattern that reminds me of camouflage, but in the bright colors of graffiti artists' spray paints.
Several of the works I viewed looked at the role of woman/mother. Below is a video of a performance piece, Working Woman in Red: A Portrait. I think a lot of us can relate to the work/re-work theme! While crocheting she's watching a Fellini movie. In her artist's statement, Olek says "The movies I watch while crocheting influence my work, and my work dictates the work I select." If the clip below doesn't work, try here.
Working Woman in Red: A Portrait from olek on Vimeo.
I love the simplicity of this crocheted pup tent placed in a city park - I'm not familiar with New York City, but I bet some of you might know where this is. There the juxtaposition of a warm, cozy crocheted tent against the cold lonesomeness of whatever situation would have you sleeping in a city park.
Also worth viewing is this short clip on Olek's work from a CBS news interview. And to any of you who are feeling bruised by rejection letters, take note of what she did with a recent letter and where she's now showing her work!
Happy Creating! Deborah