Olek born Agata Olekisiak in 1978 in Industrial Poland uses art to explore feminism, sexuality and the evolution of communication through color. She consistently pushes the boundaries between fashion, craft and public art combining the fanciful and sculptural. Using the old fashioned crochet, she has taken the ephemeral medium of yarn to express day to day occurrences, inspirations and hopes to create a metaphor for the complexity and connection of our body and psychological processes.
Olek explains that “A loop after a loop, hour after hour her madness becomes crochet. Life and art becomes inseparable. The movies she watches while crocheting influences her work and her work guides the movies she selects. She crochets everything that enters her space. There is this unraveling, the ephemeral part of her work that never allows her forget the limited life of the art object and art concept. You have to pull the end of the yarn to decipher the story behind the crochet’’.
Her burst of bright colors often masks political and cultural critiques woven into the fibers of her installations, mirroring her respect and writers and artists.
She majored in Cultural studies from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland before relocating to New York city. Her work has been featured in galleries, museums, and Public Spaces globally and has also been featured in various publications like Wall Street Journal, Time Magazines, Vogue Italia, CNN, NBC, The New York Times and several others.
She was part of the 40 under 40 Craft Futures exhibition in 2012 at the Smithsonian American Art gallery and the Renwick Gallery where all her crocheted studio apartment was exhibited.
She is based in Brooklyn, New York and has always sought to bring color, life and energy into a living space using her art as a medium. She intends to take advantage of living in New York city and with her actions to create a feedback to the economic and social reality within the community.