Artist Creates A Woolly Wonderland
Knitting is a traditional past-time hobby mostly associated with those of the older generation, such as your gran and nanna.
It also plays a very important part in survival clubs for kids such as Brownies, Cubs and Scouts.
One New-York based artist who goes by the name Olek has taken it to another level though and created quite the exhibition; a house made out of wool.
The ‘world of knitting’ showcases knitted people carrying out domestic chores such as ironing, having a bath, practising music and sleeping. A yarn-covered car was outside the home as part of the artwork.
The polish-born artist, whose real name is Agata Oleksiak, used hundreds of miles of yarn to knit the gallery.
Olek said she used crochet as opposed to mediums such as oil or canvas as an artistic alternative.
She said: “I feel like somebody, or rather something, glued the hook with crazy glue to my fingers. A loop after a loop. Hour after hour my madness becomes crochet. Life and art are inseparable.”
Featured at New York’s Christopher Henry Gallery, the display was controversially called “Knitting is For Pus****”, and was the latest in the artist’s woolly adventures.
She previously made a huge animal-like structure composed of 13,000 crocheted latex balloons.
“Its use can be interpreted as a metaphor for the complexity and interconnectedness of the body, its systems and psychology, and, in a broader sense, it can represent humanity itself. The connections are stronger as one fabric, as opposed to separate strands, but if you cut one, the whole thing will fall apart,” Olek said.
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